Rapid and Slow Changes to the Earth`s

 Topic: ​
Dynamic Changes to the Earth’s Surface
CLI Strategy: ​
: Science
Upper Elementary
3.7B, 4.7B, 5.7B
Students will be able to:​
create and demonstrate understanding of slow and rapid changes
through movement.
● Review examples of slow and rapid changes to the earth’s surface. Have students
identify the important characteristics that define each kind of change.
● Break students into small groups of two to five students, and assign each group a
different rapid or slow change to the earth’s surface.
● Explain to students that they are going to create a “composition” or movement
sequence that shows the process and important characteristics of their change.
● Provide students with a list of essential elements for their composition, such as:
o Include different kinds of movements and gestures: high, medium, and low
levels; big and little shapes; slow, medium, and fast motion.
o Every member must participate, but not necessarily at the same time or with the
same movements.
o Establish a clear beginning, middle, and ending.
o Limit your composition to 1 minute.
● Groups perform.
o What did you notice about the movements in this performance? How might you
describe the movements to someone who could not see them?
o How did the movement choices show the important characteristics of the
change to the earth surface?
o What other kinds of changes in nature are slow or rapid like this one? Who or
what would be affected by this change to the earth’s surface?
● Develop a narrative to accompany the dance using relevant vocabulary words.