Film Friday – Gummy Bear and Dinosaur Stomp
The Gummy Bear Song
This little video was was introduced to me not too long ago but I’m sure many of you have seen it before. Apparently it’s on a Wii game (maybe “Just Dance 2”?) but as I don’t have a Wii I can’t really corroborate that. I just know that it’s hilarious and really stinking catchy. Our P.E. teacher sometimes breaks out this song to use with kids when they need a little break in-between lessons or on those days when the gym is in use and she needs to teach in the classroom. It might also be on the list of videos that my classroom teachers show when they have to do an “indoor recess” or a “brain break.”
My thought is that you could show this to kids “just for fun” and then secretly sneak in a guided listening lesson. Especially because of the distinctive actions and changes in music between sections, the song could so easily be used to teach form. The actions help kids identify when musical passages change which makes mapping out the song pretty easy. I might start by showing my students the song and having them perform the actions along with the video. Then the second time through we could stop as we went and map out the different sections until we had a completed form.
And if nothing else, maybe this could give you some ideas of fun and funny actions to incorporate into your next performance!
[su_spacer size=”30″]Dinosaur Stomp
The Dinosaur Stomp has quickly become one of my favorite videos for Kindergarten and I tend to show it every year to them. We do a movement/reading activity that I learned at my Orff Level from my amazing movement teacher Jennifer Donovan. The activity helps us think about opposites and also start to use our body in new and creative ways. First we read the book Dinosaur Roar by Paul Strickland (find it HERE on Amazon!) and work our way through the actions. The book introduces lots of opposites which the kids can then mimic with their body: “Dinosaur weak, dinosaur strong. Dinosaur short, or very very long!” We first read the book sitting next to the reading chair and then reread it so that kids can move around and do crazy actions with their body as I read. They have a BLAST!
Follow-up with the Dinosaur stomp video was an easy and natural next step. In the next lesson we might read the book again and do actions and then try out the video and see how it gets us to move our bodies again in new and fun ways. The actions are repetitive and the song is a hoot. Check it out, I think you’ll like it. Oh… and if you like Dinosaur stomp then you’d probably better check out “Fanny Pack,” also by Koo Koo Kangaroo.