Bon Crowder shared this very interesting TED talk about some of the mathematics in movement and dance. I recommend reading her post to see some more resources on the mathematics of dance and movement.
An obvious question I have is, where else could we embed movement into mathematics?
- Students could count their steps while they move from classroom to classroom, or count steps as they climb them.
- A teacher could put a giant number line (or cartesian plane) on the floor of their classroom and students could practice arithmetic visually.
- Students could verify the Pythagorean theorem by counting steps as they walk along the legs and hypotenus of a large right-angled triangle on a playing field.
- When students all dance in a group, they could create tesselation patterns as they move across the dance floor in a group. They may need to see a video (shot from above) of themselves moving to see why this is interesting.
What are some other ways in which we could use movement activities to explore mathematical ideas?