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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL 2 Introduction 5. Rhythm and Dance All the activities exploring the movement element of rhythm are incorporated into this section, as are those related to the movement qualities of swinging, sustained, sus- pended, percussive, vibratory, and collapsing movement. Combina- tions of skills involving emotional content also fall into this category. The organization of this book gives you multiple options. If you want a movement program with a little bit of everything in it, you can pick and choose from among the sections to create your own lesson plans. On the other hand, if you prefer to do units, you can use the activities within each section (which are arranged from least challenging to most challenging) to address the specific unit you are covering. And, of course, if you’re just looking for a wide variety of movement experiences to offer the children, you have a great many choices within the pages of this book. Every activity in Early Elementary Children Moving & Learning includes suggestions for further exploration (you’ll find more about activity extensions in the “Implementing the Program” section of this introduction), some simple questions to help you evaluate whether or not the children are meeting the activity’s objectives, and Curriculum Connectors that point out ways in which the activity does or can be made to correlate with other content areas. While it is my firm belief that the body is the most important piece of equipment in a movement program, I realize that using actual equipment can add another dimension to—and increase the challenge of—an activity. So, where appropriate, I have included Adding Equipment, offering suggestions for the use of hoops, scarves, streamers, and other props that are generally avail- able in elementary classrooms. Because children need opportunities to explore movement on its own, allowing them to find and use their own personal rhythms, not all of the activi- ties in this book are accompanied by music. However, children do love music— and it does contribute much to movement experiences—so it is included wherever it makes a contribution to the learning experience. Activities using music have been marked with a musical note: . The songs help promote understanding of such abstract concepts as slow and fast and help children hear the difference, for example, between a skip and a step-hop. They also make COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL