Hey….get moving! Animal, human, or machine….minuscule or humongous…..seen and unseen…..so many things move. Think about it for a minute. Even when you are standing very still, some parts of your body (especially on the inside) are still moving even when you think you’re not. Our body is an amazing thing. We walk, run, sit, stand, twist, bend, reach, flap, clap, jump and even do the jitterbug. What are some of your favorite ways to move!? Show someone.
And here’s another cool thing: many machines and devices are designed to mimic how humans and animals move. Think robot, airplane, nut cracker which translate the movement of human joints, the way bird’s wings are shaped, and the beak of a bird into man made objects that work and move in specific ways. And still other machines need human power or animal power to move them, like a bicycle or a hamster ball. No pedaling feet and no scurrying rodent, no motion.
Movements might be small, like a twitch, or large-scale, like an earthquake. You might see a blade of grass or a branch on a tree blow and move in the wind, or you might watch a truckload of boxes get packed into the back of a semi-truck and moved across the country. So many meanings in one small word. This quarter’s theme will invite you to move to your own beat as you explore all things that move big and small.
- If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. By David A. Carter
- The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
- The Sheep Made a Leap by Hilda Offen
- The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
- Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
- Clara Caterpillar by Pamela Duncan Edwards
- I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield
- Head to Toe by Eric Carle
- Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
- Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Dusky Rinker
- Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen