Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Learning to Balance

I have been teaching my students all about balance.  We started off by learning to balance standing on one foot.  My students quickly learned if they put their hands out, picked a focus point, and stood up nice and tall it was much easier to balance. 
I read my students the book called, Equal Shmequal where animals use a seesaw to help them find equal teams for tug-of-war. 
My student’s loved the book and it helped them understand why putting their hands out helps spread out their weight.  We also learned it was EASY to balance a cup and a HARDCOVER book on our head; however, it was HARD to balance a sheet of paper.   Here are a couple of samples of our recordings. 


Danielle said...

I love the book you read with this lesson! Today we started Black History month with an African Storyteller. He was telling us how in Africa the women balance up to two times their body weight on the top of their head. He was telling us how they use their scarf to make like a small round donut/wreath and then put the container on that.

Afterward we read more about it here: http://maryinsenegal.blogspot.com/2009/05/thoughts-on-carrying-water-on-your-head.html

I just thought it would be great to see if it is easier with or without the coil under the object. Could you imagine carrying all that water? Interesting!


Abby said...

What a fun activity! I could see my kids eating this up!

Lindsey said...

I love the management ideas and the activity! as a first year teacher, i need all the ideas i can get!! thanks for sharing!