PK Activity 3 – Imagine You Are A Moon Robot

Core Freedom: Communicate Well


Introduction

In this challenging but fun partner movement game, children take turns being the leader – the “guider” – and the follower – the “moon robot”- and share in each other’s imagination.


Children will have to listen carefully to be able to be successful. This activity works best in the gym or outdoors, as plenty of space helps children move consciously, carefully, and safely. Start with the Do You See A Smile In The Sky? music video to give children some ideas for movement.


Description

Children watch the Do You See A Smile In The Sky? music video and then take turns being the leader in a partner game that encourages collaboration, movement, and the sharing of each other’s imagination.


Principle Overview

The 8 Core Freedoms of IM4U are the hallmarks of who we are as individuals and members of a group. In a way, they are our “Bill of Rights.” As individuals, we are free to be ourselves, to perceive in our own way, to feel our feelings, to think our thoughts, to make our own decisions, to communicate as we do, to take action, and to interact with others in our own unique way. The different elements of the IM4U Program are designed to teach students the conscious application of freedoms for the benefit of all.

Materials:

Goals and Objectives:

  • Use imagination skills to play a pretend sharing game that builds essential listening and cooperation skills.
  • Build observation skills as they carefully watch the movement of their partner and guide them gently through the room.
  • Be sure to introduce The 8 Core Freedoms before using this activity. See Promoting the Principle for a suggested way to introduce the Core Freedoms.
  • Preview the Smile in the Sky music video to better facilitate class discussion.
  • The roles in the game in this activity are “guider” and “moon robot.” Adapt as needed to fit the needs of your preschoolers.
  • Review and demonstrate directionality vocabulary such as, forward, backward, left, right, sideways, etc.
  • Prepare a large space for ease of student movement.
  • Children can create a robot mask or costume in the art center to wear during this activity.
  • Of The 8 Core Freedoms, this activity focuses on The Freedom to Communicate Well. Use The 8 Core Freedoms poster in the activity wrap up.
The You, Me, And We Skill Builder helps children notice that friendship is built on similarities and differences. Embracing others’ similarities and differences allows everyone to feel connected as friends. As children collaborate and use kind words (Respect- SEL Concept) they notice something different about one another (Diversity-SEL Concept). This allows children to experience more diverse perspectives and add to their understanding of community. Children can begin to appreciate the qualities that make each of us special and how working together can benefit all.

  • This partner activity not only encourages collaboration, but kind, encouraging communication skills to achieve a common goal.
  • You might ask children to discuss with their partner their favorite part of this activity to share at the end of it. Was it being the robot or the guider? Both parts are very important to get to the landing site!
Skill Builder
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Activity Steps

  • Connector.

    Watch the Smile in the Sky music video together. In the song, Uncle Jim sings “There’s a smile in the sky, from the sun all day and the moon at night.” Ask children to consider what it might be like to be a robot on the moon. Ask:

    What would a moon robot move like?

  • Connector.

    Then introduce the game by suggesting that we can be imaginative —together!

    a. Explain that in this game they will take turns being the “guider” (you may need to talk about what this means) and the “moon robot.” The “moon robot” will move as instructed by the “guider.”

    b. Tell the children that the “moon robot” moves carefully as guided- they can turn left, turn right, and back up. Whatever the “guider” says, the “moon robot” does. Young children may like to use simple directions such as “forward” and “back,” or they can actually guide the “moon robot” by holding hands.

    c. You can have children choose a goal on the other side of the room to guide the “moon robot” to, such as “the moon landing site.” Start guiding and go!

  • Connector.

    Trade places so each partner has the experience of playing each role.

  • Connector.

    At the end of the game, gather children in a circle to discuss the importance of communicating well (one of The 8 Core Freedoms) and collaborating, the fun, the challenges, and the mishaps of the activity.

  • Connector.

    Record student ideas on chart paper and celebrate the student communication, collaboration, and diverse ideas.

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