Sunday, January 23, 2011

101 Movement Words: A Fantastic List for Teachers



Let's get real...
if we're going to incorporate movement into any part of our work with children we need a list of movement words to inspire our teaching.  

This is my brainstormed list made while multi-tasking...blogging and watching TV:)

(what was I watching?
- check out the youtube video about the show).

Back to that fantastic list of movement words...
Most of the words are everyday movement words.  A few of them are actual dance movements.
The list is loooooong.

This week at MakeMeMusical, I will share a few musical movement activities and 
you will need this list of words to bring them to life.

If you want to know why movement is important in children's music experiences
check out last week's MakeMeMusical blog posts.  



locomotor
(movement that travels from one space to another space)
1.     walk
2.     run
3.     jog
4.     fly
5.     stroll
6.     meander
7.     tiptoe
8.     skip
9.     step
10. leap
11. jump
12. roll
13. snake
14. creep
15. crawl
16. wriggle
17. grow
18. dash
19. drive
20. move
21. zigzag
22. slide
23. waltz
24. hop
25. climb
26. gallop
27. tumble
28. skate
29. march
30. stomp
31. polka
32. shuffle
33. waddle
34. trip
35. flip
36. moonwalk
37. grapevine
38. cat-walk
39. bear-walk (dinosaur walk)
40. scamper
41. prance
42. slither
43. schottische
44. two-step
45. waltz run
46. step hop
47. scoot
48. crab walk
49. lame puppy walk

non- locomotor
(movement on the spot without going anywhere)
1.     wave
2.     rub
3.     sink
4.     rise
5.     melt
6.     bend
7.     stretch
8.     twist
9.     swing
10. push
11. pull
12. rock
13. balance
14. shake
15. float
16. duck
17. dodge
18. jab
19. poke
20. shove
21. carve
22. mold
23. freeze
24. wiggle
25. turn
26. fall
27. straighten
28. strike
29. chop
30. spin
31. kick
32. punch
33. hit
34. wring
35. tickle
36. hug
37. hang
38. sway
39. open
40. close
41. flap
42. pluck
43. tap
44. grab
45. wrap
46. flick
47. pose
48. burst
49. glide
50. shrug
51. dig
52. shake

7 comments:

  1. Susan, I just want to thank you for this list. :)

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  2. You're welcome, Meryl!
    I've just started working on another list for Body Percussion. It should be out soon:)

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  3. Fantastic! Many thanks as this has helped me greatly with a creative movement assignment :)

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  4. thanks, I'm preparing to intrpret dance master-class and your list of movements really helped me!

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  5. Does anyone have synonms for walking with crutches?

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  6. Hmmm...that's an interesting one...Julia Baker. hop-a-long?

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  7. Also...Julia...come to the new MakeMeMusical site at http://www.makememusical.com

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