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WATCH ME MOVE MY BODY! IL CH A DREN’S CTIVITIE S Bodies in Motion Create a ten-minute video showing people (and animals) in motion. Include children in the class, family members, other children and adults in the pro- gram, and strangers (with permission). Make sure the video represents a diverse population, including both males and females of different ages, eth- nicities, and levels of mobility. Movement ideas include crawling, walking, sliding, running, biking, skiing, hang gliding, skating (roller, ice-, or in-line), golfing, swimming, weight lifting, dancing, exercising, washing a car, playing ball, practicing yoga, hopping, jumping, rocking, bending, climbing, horse- back riding, hiking, climbing stairs, moving in a wheelchair, and walking with a walker. Show the video to children. Encourage them to talk about who they saw, what parts of the body they saw being moved, and what kinds of movement they noticed. Point out to children that people who look different from one another (for example, in gender, ethnicity, age, length of hair, color of skin, and so on) can participate successfully in physical activity. Ask them how they think the people in the video feel as they get ready to move, as they are moving, and after they move. Introduce words that describe the movements. Write down the words so children can see them. Explain that moving our bodies helps us grow strong and stay healthy. ALPE MATERIALS a video camera, a viewing device for the video, a whiteboard or chart paper, and markers OTHER IDEAS Arrange a trip to a community gym so children can see people working out, or visit a physical education class at a local school. LPET Visit a sports team during practice so children can interview the play- ers about why they play, what body parts they move during practice, and how they stay fit. LPSE Visit a gymnastics or dance class or attend a dance recital, or invite a gymnastics or dance teacher to the classroom to demonstrate some ways they move their bodies. LPSE Visit a cheerleading squad, dance team, color guard, or flag team during practice. Ask members what body parts they exercise. LPSE 9