Key element - Color (source: the memory of which color a child used in his or her Leaf picture in Mrs. Asch's Art Class)
Improvisation - children created different "word plays" and movements on their group's color ("word plays" develop high, medium and low pitch, rhythm and tempo concepts)
Signal - finger cymbal sound (begins and concludes each section; controlled either by the teacher or the student)
Outcomes - syllables repeated in a sing-song manner with clapping (Yellow), color's word exchanged for an object in that color and circular hand motions (Red), a letter sound expanded upon in sound and hand movements (Green), color's word expressed through softness of sound and extended through a rhyming word (White), color's word expressed through loudness of sound, repetition and twirling movements (Orange), color's word related to different words in a sing-song manner and jumping movements (Blue). The leaf pictures in the movie were created by the First Graders in Mrs. Asch's art class.
CLOUD SHAPES EXPLORATION
Key element - Words of a poem (source: Christina Rossetti's poem "Clouds") /please see Musical Poems section/
Improvisation - using mainly arm movements, children created the shapes of clouds with a partner;
first - without joining a partner's hands, second - by recreating their shape or shapes while joining a partner's hands.
Signal - finger cymbal or wind chime sounds, in addition to the last line of the poem "where do you go?"
Outcomes - within the space of a few seconds, most partners created their shapes (often by communication with gestures and not words); most partners shared the same shape, but a few did not, or created mirror images. The class noticed that each of the shapes was different. Two partners immediately created a joined shape and thus, the idea for the whole class creating joined shapes was born. Also and most importantly - happiness in making new discoveries with friends!
New outgrowth (students to be included in the direction this takes) - working in larger groups, having some formations move around the room, having musical improvisations reflect the shapes.