What you need
Device to play music
Basic understanding of directions (e.g. move forward, backward, turning right, and turning left) and sequencing
Any environment with space for dance movements and tolerance for music
Adult moderator and one or more learners
How to Code a Rollarcoaster
This activity can use any coding environment for a fun and interactive way to learn about directions. Any type of movement counts as dancing in this activity whether it is stepping, jumping, wheeling, blinking, head movements, or hitting a single switch.
As a starter, you can try...
For younger children:
- Select a short song or music that learners prefer.
- Use Weavly to build a sequence of actions.
- Line up your players.
- Ask them to follow each step of the program that is announced.
- Play the music and your program at once and let the fun begin.
- Announce every step of the program as it is being played/executed.
- For longer songs, you can replay the same program.
- Try to keep the players focused on following the running program and correcting their movements.
- Gross motor movements
Once your players are familiar with this activity, get them to write their own programs. You can also pair them in teams and make them create a dance competition.