Give each student a card and 10 seconds (adjust as needed) to re-create the shape.
When they hear a bell, clap, etc., pass their cards in a circle.
Spread a subset of cards around the room or tape them to the walls.
Have students find a card, copy the shape, and head to the next card.
Have one student copy a shape and the other check details, then switch.
Put out boxes or stuffed animals to leap over; a rolled up carpet, board, or tape line to tiptoe across; a hoop to do a card-pose; a chair to crawl under; tape spots to jump from spot to spot; a sturdy filled box to step up on, etc.
Group students in threes (or more). Have one look at the card and make the shape.
Have the second copy the shape from the first, and the third copy the second’s shape.
Then have the first and second compare the shape with the picture.
Give students cards and ask them to tell you all they know about the picture (ballet position, curved/straight/bent parts, parallel/turned out, etc.).
Then have all students make the shape.
Give each student a card and have them change a small detail about the shape.
If there’s time, students could present and ask other students to identify the difference.
Read part of the companion book, Dancing Shapes.
Pass coordinating shape cards around for dancers to see. *Not all images are included.
Time students sorting cards by characteristic, for example flexed/pointed/both.
Put a shape card out for each student in a circle. Have students create each shape moving around along the circle. Speed up on the second and third rounds. Take the cards away and see if students can remember the poses for a fourth time around the circle.
Tell a Tale: Group students into small groups. Give each set a picture and ask them to choreograph a dance story to explain what’s happening in the pose.
Say my Shape: Pair students and give one student a picture card. The student with the card tells the other student how to pose, trying to re-create the picture as closely as possible using only verbal clues. If you do this activity a second time, the posing student could be blindfolded.
Cut out the pose squares from the grid. Give each student a mini-picture or two and have them find the corresponding picture card/s scattered around the room.
Pair students and give one student a picture card. Have the student with the card physically manipulate the other student to match the shape. (This would only be for a group very comfortable with each other).
It’s always interesting how different bodies have different strengths. Spread cards out and have students move around the room trying each shape. Have students check the number of their hardest shape and compare answers.
With the arms cards, have students line up with different arm shapes. Pass a stuffed animal along the line-up while students try to keep their arm shapes as close to original shapes as possible (bending their bodies to retrieve the animal).