A Hike in the Adirondacks
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Grade: 3rd - 6th grades
Class: Performing arts
Author: Diane Sabourin
Peru Central School
NYS Content Area Standard:
The Arts:
Standard 1: Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Health, Recreation & Life SkillsCulture & The Arts
Keywords: recreation, movement
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: Using movement and music, how can you demonstrate leisure activities common to the Adirondacks?
The Challenge:

Purpose: Creative Movement: locomotor and non-locomotor

Materials: Recording: Rhythmically Moving CD 2. Track 14. "Soldier's Joy"


- Find a place in the room, so that the group is well spread out.
- Start walking to the music and explore different floor patterns (lines, circles, spirals, squares, etc.)
- A Section: Fix a floor pattern with 32 beats, repeat by doing it in reverse so that you come "home" to your starting point after 64 beats.
- Add everyday movement (looking at watch, reading, tripping, sneezing, stumbling, bird watching, photo opportunities, waving)
- B Section: Whole group is divided into smaller groups of 5 people who stand close to each other at their starting point at their "home". Brainstorm ideas of things that people can do in the Adirondacks. Every group then chooses one activity that could be developed into 8 poses (similar to taking eight photos one right after the other). In the choreography, the shapes will be held for four beats (32 total). They "jump" into position on the first beat for each pose, freeze and then "junp" into the second pose.
- C Section: Find eight gestures to be performed in unison by the entire group. Eah pose will be held for four beats (see above).


- Introduction                                            (4 beats)
- (A) Fixed floor pattern                             (64 beats)
- (B) Group "pictures"/groups 1 & 2            (32 beats)
- (C ) Unison gestures                               (32 beats)
- (A') Fixed floor pattern                            (64 beats)
- (B' ) Group "pictures" /groups 3&4           (32 beats)
- (C') Unison gestures                               (32 beats)
- (A") Fixed floor pattern                           (64 beats)
- (B") Group "pictures" /all groups              (32 beats)
- (C") Unison gestures                              (32 beats)
- (A"') Fixed floor pattern                          (64 beats)
- Freeze

Photos of Students involved in Activities

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Quality Standards:

- Challenge will be ready at the end of thirty-five minutes

- Group "pantomime" should be clear to other groups/audience

- Motions are clear and crisp

- You are able to walk a beat

- You create a fixed floor pattern

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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Challenge finished on time

Group "pantomime" was clear to others

Motions were clear and crisp

Demonstrated by walking a steady beat

Demonstrated ability to design a fixed pattern on the floor

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