I get a lot of my creative classroom ideas during my morning workout session, but this one is by far the most literal. While in the flat-back pose, I was thinking about how one of my yoga teachers described this pose by telling us to breathe deeply but remain static. That spark of memory led to this ELA concept:
After that initial idea, I was able to come up with 12 more poses that are inspired by literature concepts. You can find all of these poses here: Literary Yoga
1. Getting my students up and moving when the “zombie stares” set in. Before coming up with this lesson, I would just have students “stand up and stretch” when we needed to wake up during a particularly long bit of reading. However, that always ended up being a bit awkward because it seemed like the only stretch I could ever think of was the same ol’ hands over head one. Now, I have an array of poses to use, and they actually have meaning to them. For example, after reading a lengthy passage, I will say “Stand up and get into your eagle pose, and let’s figure out what point-of-view this passage is in. Is it told from an eagle’s point of view or a different kind of point-of-view?”
2. An impromptu story or novel review. Often I “forget” to make reviews before tests. Sometimes when I “forget,” I will search Kahoot and find a premade game on there. Other times, I will be even more
lazy resourceful and have students review by going through the yoga poses and applying them to our review piece. I have done this three different ways. One way is as a whole class activity where I play the PowerPoint with the yoga slides while we answer as a class. The second way is by using the center posters and having students go in groups around the room doing the pose and answering the questions with their partners. The third way is by using my task card basket and having groups pull out a card, do the pose, then answer the question to get points for their team.
3. Exit tickets- I make multiple copies the task cards included in this lesson and put them in a basket. I then let students select a pose from the basket and do the task. For their exit ticket, they must either teach another student this pose and task, or they must write down their answer on a sticky note before leaving.
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