The Snowman Dance
I do this every December with first grade, but my older kids ask to do it every year! Make sure you have comfortable clothes, space to move, and a decent sound system.
Introducing the dance:
Snowman building discussion: How do you make the perfect snowman? Have the individuals figure out what they want the snowman to look, what materials they need, where those materials might be found, etc. It's important that the class doesn't have an idea, but each individual imagines their own idea.
Teaching the dance:
"We are going to make snowmen, and YOU are the snow. You just fell on the ground. Remember, snow falls very gently, it doesn't flop down. Go be snow!"
Children get in their own space on the floor and are snow.
"Remember your perfect snowman. Close your eyes and picture it. What do you want for the face? What will it be wearing? When the music plays, you will begin to roll yourself into a snowman. This process takes about 1 minute. 1 minute is VERY LONG in dance, so do this slowly. I'll tell you when a minute is up. Once you have a body, roll your snowman over to the parts for eyes and clothes. When the music changes and becomes fast and jazzy, your snowman comes to life! While it can't talk, it can move, show in a dance what kind of snowman you are? Remember, NO TOUCHING anything but the floor."
The Music: David Benoit, Carol of the Bells