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“Rule your mind or it will rule you."—Horace. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 14 of 20 introduces the class to dietary fats. There are good fats and not so good fats, and this activity helps them identify which is which. Then the martial arts skills part of the lesson has the class practicing upward blocks, downward blocks, and either round-house kicks or stepping side kicks.
“A man without decision of character can never be said to belong to himself … He belongs to whatever can make captive of him.”—John Foster. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 15 of 20 teaches the class about positive character traits using delicious M & M's to drive the lesson. The following traits are presented: responsibility, perseverance, caring, self-discipline, citizenship, honesty, courage, fairness, respect, and integrity. After the health lesson, the class will review all the stances, blocks, and kicks learned so far.
“The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse.”—Author Unknown. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts instructional activity 16 of 20 begins talking about calories. The class takes a look at menus from Burger King and McDonald's and uses Monopoly money to purchase the calories for their meal. Then they evaluate their purchase and what it means when just one meal has a high calorie count. After the health instructional activity, the class in introduced to a new skill: the back lion block.
Imagine your learners creating an installation piece while engaging in active vocabulary practice. Upper-elementary students will create an installation piece inspired by the art of Tara Dovovan. The piece uses a variety of objects that reflect, refract, are opaque, translucent, transparent, and opalescent. This means they'll be working with the properties of light as they construct their collaborative works of art.
“A good exercise for the heart is to bend down and help another up.” Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson plan three of 20 focuses on cardiovascular exercise and activities that get that heart pumping. There are quite a few activities to do in relay fashion. Then the class reviews and practices the thrust kick, the snap kick, and use of the kicking shield.
“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."—Father James Keller. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 19 of 20 focuses on the class recognizing their peers for the positive qualities that each one of them brings to the group. The teambuilding exercise has them recognizing each individual's contributions. The martial arts portion of the lesson reviews the double jump kick and the back lion block. They also review all the stances, blocks, and kicks by playing Simon Says.
“A primary reason for communication is to reach UNDERSTANDING — not necessarily AGREEMENT.” Black Tiger Academy’s final martial arts lesson of 20 is bringing it all together to review what has been learned in the previous 19 lessons. They will form teams to play a review game testing their knowledge of terms, names of muscles, and anything else the teacher would like to check. Then they will review all the physical moves in martial arts that they have learned: stances, kicks, and blocks.
“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.”—Sam Ewing. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson one of 20 begins with a warm-up activity using a medicine ball to pass around as kids get to know each other’s names. This also gives the instructor time to go over rules and etiquette for the class. The main part of the lesson covers balance and the introduction of the crane stance, the cat stance, and the snap kick. It’s worth taking a look at this entire unit.
Tessellation art is always interesting to look at and quite fun to make. Turn your kids into tessellation masters with this well-organized lesson plan. Included are the step-by-step procedures needed to instruct your class on choosing, creating, outlining, and coloring their tessellation creations.
Students redesign a dead space in the school to create an interesting and stimulating visual environment. In this art design lesson, students look at how to redesign architectural space and research ways to enhance a space. Students then interview faculty and students before beginning preliminary sketches for the space. Student teams evaluate sketches and choose one to construct as a model.
Students determine the style of place cards as well as how to display phots of artwork. They organize and design an art museum for parents and other students to enjoy. Students create place cards to explain the artwork, artist, as well as information regarding the culture of the artist and the time period in which the artwork was created.
Learners explore reading. In this visualization activity, students practice, creating images in their minds while listening to the story The Vegetables Go To Bed, by Christopher King. They listen to the story and then draw what they visualized while listening; they share these pictures in a group discussion. This activity includes resource links.
Have your Spanish speakers give museum tours with this interactive plan. To simplify this entertaining idea, bring in art pieces and create a gallery in your very own classroom. Provide the names of different works of art and have your class conduct research to prepare for the tour.