Spelling Lessons through Dance

Once a classroom of students use the same words for their body parts they can learn to spell with their body. The frontal plane, bird’s eye view, and motion through the kinosphere are three ways students can spell with their head, neck, nose, chin, shoulder, elbow, wrist, etc.

Initially students need a demonstration using the finger like a crayon or pencil. Once they get the hang of writing in the space around them, they are ready to use a knee or elbow. Some students will gravitate toward more abstract expressions like writing with the nose or belly.

The entire body can also mold into the shape of a letter. Sitting down and sticking two legs in the sky makes the entire body into the letter “W”. Students should be challenged to use the frontal plane that an audiene would look at and also the transverse plane that a bird above would see.

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