“Jump and Jiggle” by Evelyn Beyer…Putting poetry in motion

I got a wonderful lesson idea that incorporates movement from: Integrating poetry and movement for children with learning and/or behavioral disabilities (Boswell, Boni, and Mentzer, 1995).

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Using the poem, “Jump or Jiggle” by Evelyn Beyer, you can explore poetry through motion! Boswell, Boni, and Mentzer explain that this is a particularly good activity for hyperactive children (1995). You could take this lesson in a number of directions, from teaching specific movements that correlate with lines of the poem, or allowing the students to create their own movement. They could also extend their learning by creating their own movement poem once they were done (Boswell, Boni, and Mentzer, 1995)! Be creative, but don’t forget to get moving!

“Jump or Jiggle” by Evelyn Beyer

Frogs jump
Caterpillars hump

Worms wiggle
Bugs jiggle

Rabbits hop
Horses clop

Snakes slide
Sea gulls glide

Mice creep
Deer leap

Puppies bounce
Kittens pounce

Lions stalk
But–I walk!

Reference

Boswell, B. B., & Mentzer, M. (1995). Integrating poetry and movement for children with learning and/or behavioral disabilities.Intervention In School & Clinic31(2), 108.

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