African waterhole. 3: Elephants and all the animals

Diane Louise Jordan has the final session about the animals gathered to drink in the African bush.

3. Elephants and all the animals

This unit of three sessions imagines life at a typical waterhole in the African bush as animals come and go to drink and wash...and engage in the daily battle for survival. The emphasis is on animal shapes and simple travelling sequences.


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Lesson summary

Warm up: soaring as vultures with arms outstretched.

Elephants: one arm outstretched as trunk; slow plodding steps through the spaces.

Elephants at the waterhole: three trunk movements to shower: over shoulder, over head, between legs.

Elephants travelling / waterhole: both movements combined to create a sequence.

Elephants – pairs: pairs travel with ‘tails’ joined to ‘trunks’.

Elephants – groups: joined travelling repeated in groups.

All the animals: final extended sequence of giraffes, zebras, impala, lions and elephants.

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