GEOMETRY GROOVE K1
GEOMETRY GROOVE
Learning Description
In this lesson, students will use movement to understand types of shapes and their attributes. First grade students will then create movement phrases to demonstrate partitioning and combining shapes.
Learning Targets
"I Can" Statements
“I Can…”

I can identify and create different types of shapes.

I can create a movement using my whole body that demonstrates a type of shape.
Essential Questions
 How can dance/movement aid in comprehension of shapes?
Georgia Standards
Curriculum Standards
Kindergarten:
K.GSR.8: Identify, describe, and compare basic shapes encountered in the environment, and form twodimensional shapes and threedimensional figures.
Grade 1:
1.GSR.4: Compose shapes, analyze the attributes of shapes, and relate their parts to the whole.
Arts Standards
Kindergarten:
ESDK.CR.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the choreographic process.
ESDK.CR.2 Demonstrate an understanding of dance as a form of communication.
ESDK.PR.1 Identify and demonstrate movement elements, skills, and terminology in dance
ESDK.RE.1 Demonstrate critical and creative thinking in dance.
Grade 1:
ESD1.CR.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the choreographic process.
ESD1.CR.2 Demonstrate an understanding of dance as a form of communication.
ESD1.PR.1 Identify and demonstrate movement elements, skills, and terminology in dance
ESD1.RE.1 Demonstrate critical and creative thinking in dance.
South Carolina Standards
Curriculum Standards
Kindergarten:
K.G.5 Draw twodimensional shapes (i.e., square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, and circle) and create models of threedimensional shapes (i.e., cone, cube, cylinder, and sphere).
Grade 1:
1.G.1 Distinguish between a twodimensional shape’s defining (e.g., number of sides) and nondefining attributes (e.g., color).
1.G.2 Combine twodimensional shapes (i.e., square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, rhombus, and trapezoid) or threedimensional shapes (i.e., cube, rectangular prism, cone, and cylinder) in more than one way to form a composite shape.
1.G.3 Partition twodimensional shapes (i.e., square, rectangle, circle) into two or four equal parts.
1.G.4 Identify and name twodimensional shapes (i.e., square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon, rhombus, trapezoid, and circle).
Arts Standards
Anchor Standard 1: I can use movement exploration to discover and create artistic ideas and works.
Anchor Standard 2: I can choreograph a dance.
Anchor Standard 3: I can perform movements using the dance elements.
Anchor Standard 7: I can relate dance to other arts disciplines, content areas, and careers.
Key Vocabulary
Content Vocabulary
 Geometric shape  Mathematical figures with a fixed structure that are precise and regular
 Angle  A figure that is formed by two rays or lines that shares a common endpoint
 Side  The line that connects two points of a shape
Arts Vocabulary
 Choreography  The art of composing dances and planning and arranging the movements, steps, and patterns of dancers
 Choreographer  A person who creates dances
 Shape  This refers to an interesting and interrelated arrangement of body parts of one dance; the visual makeup or molding of the body parts of a single dancer; the overall visible appearance of a group of dancers
 Space  An element of movement involving direction, level, size, focus, and pathway
 Formation  The placement of dancers in a performance space
Materials
 Sound source and music with a steady beat
 Markers or crayons
 Printed copies of dance photography
Instructional Design
Opening/Activating Strategy

 Have students arrange themselves in the classroom with enough personal space to move freely without touching a neighbor.
 Turn on instrumental music with a steady beat.
 First, have students bring awareness to their bodies by leading them through gentle stretches starting from the head and moving to the toes (e.g., head circles, shoulder shrugs, toe touches, etc.).
 Next, bring students’ awareness to the rhythm of the music by having them walk in place to the beat of the music. Once students are walking to the beat, ask them to begin gently swinging their arms by their sides.
 Now, direct students create shapes with their bodies; use geometric language such as curved or straight lines, angles, etc. to direct students.
 Have students return to their seats or the carpet.
Classroom Tips: Set up chairs and tables in a circular format to maximize students’ engagement and ability to see their peers during the activity and performance. Also establish parameters for acceptable movement choices and discuss audience behavior/etiquette with students.
 Begin the lesson by engaging students in movement that introduces students to a few of the Elements of Dance: Body, space and time.
Work Session
 Discuss with students how they used their bodies to create shapes, lines and angles.
 Project different types of shapes on the board. Ask students to engage in a “seated dance” by making the shape with their upper bodies. Model how to do this and discuss how students can make angles, straight lines and curved lines with their bodies.
 Divide the class into partners.
 Pass out printed copies of dance photography to students.
 Ask students to trace all the straight lines, curved lines, and angles they see in the photos. Ask students to trace any shapes that they find.
 Project images of the photography on the board and allow time for students to share what they identified in the photos.
 Next, randomly pass out note cards with a type of shape written or drawn on it.
 Students must create that shape with their bodies.
 Students can choose to each make the movement with their bodies individually, or can combine to make one large shape together.
 Now, tell students that dancers move to the beat of music. Students will have four beats to perform their movement. Tell students that by the count of four, they should be showing their shape with their bodies and should freeze in the shape.
 Practice a four count to the beat of the music with students.
 Allow time for students to practice using a four count to perform their movement.
Grade 1 Extension:
 Pass out an additional shape to students.
 Have students create a movement phrase (more than one movement) that demonstrates either combining the two shapes to make a composite shape or partitioning one of the shapes.
Closing Reflection
 The students will perform their movements for their classmates. Discuss appropriate audience participation and etiquette prior to performances.
 After each performance, the audience should be able to identify the shape and its attributes.
Assessments
Formative
Teachers will assess students’ understanding of the content throughout the lesson by observing students’ participation in the activator, ability to identify types of shapes, and collaborative choreography.
Summative
CHECKLIST
 Students can identify, classify, and define similes, metaphors, hyperbole, and personification in a story.
 Students can change their voices and bodies to convey the meaning of examples of figurative language.
DIFFERENTIATION
Acceleration:
Remediation:

*This integrated lesson provides differentiated ideas and activities for educators that are aligned to a sampling of standards. Standards referenced at the time of publishing may differ based on each state’s adoption of new standards.
Ideas contributed by: Melissa DittmarJoy. Updated by Katy Betts.
Revised and copyright: June 2024 @ ArtsNOW