Basic Locomotor Skills Teacher Resources

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Learners demonstrate and define basic modern dance vocabulary. Identify and explore a range of stimuli to create a dance movement. Recognize and explain how the creative process in dance is influenced by personal movement styles.
Students play a tag type game using locomotor skills as they move across the gym. They hop on one or two feet when they are tagged while waiting to be freed.
Students develop dances. In this movement activity, students play action and stillness games and learn motif writing symbols that communicate dance moves. Students use locomotor and non-locomotor movement to create their own movement phrases.
Learners explore two Native American legends. In this cultural traditions activity, students read "The Legend of Blue Bonnet," and "The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush." Learners then study basic Native American dance movements prior to creating dances for the legends.
Teach and review elementary locomotor skills. Use "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis to get youngsters up and grooving to the beat! The dance steps are described in rich detail and you will have the class jumping, skipping, leaping, and hopping around in no time at all.
Students investigate how to move through space before designing dances that show feelings, ideas, and thoughts. Using motif notation, they record movement ideas while they explore a variety of movement concepts. Using scoring guidelines, they demonstrate non-locomotor and locomotor movement.
Students practice locomotor and axial movements. In this body awareness lesson, students discover freeze movement, axial movements, and locomotor movements. Students practice the movements as they maintain personal space.
Students experience dance and movement. In this kinesthetic lesson, students practice movement of their limbs and joints. They use a hula hoop to identify personal space.
Students practice a variety of locomotor skills and integrate the writing of numbers, letters and shape drawing. Done with music.
Second graders examine various dance styles in this Performing Arts lesson for the 2nd grade. The lesson is #1 in a unit of four lessons that examines the History of Dance styles and the lifestyle of a dancer. Emphasis is placed on movement exercises.

Owl Dance

10th - 12th
Young scholars are introduced to a social dance from Canada's Aboriginal peoples. Students warm up listening to the music and listening for the beat before trying the 'Stomp' step without a partner. After some practice, young scholars choose partners and dance for the length of the song.
Students accurately demonstrate non-locomotor/axial movements such as bend, twist, stretch, swing. They accurately demonstrate eight basic locomotor movements.
Students discuss dance elements and create a dance map. They choose a dance theme and incorporate movement into their dance maps and choreography. They also experiment with different types of music.
First graders discover how to dance the Virginia Reel.  In this dance lesson, 1st graders work as partners to dance the Virginia Reel in front of an audience.  Students analyze how the audience may behave and the patterns within the dance.
Get youngsters moving by teaching them some basic dance moves. This dance can be done in a circle, a line, or scattered around the gym. There are four movement combinations that are taught to the song "Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley.  Steps are written out and of course you can adapt any of this to meet the needs of your class.

Triple Step Stomp

3rd - 10th
Here's a 32-count line dance to the song "Disturbia" by Rihanna. This dance introduces the triple-step. It's a quick right-left-right or a quick left-right-left step. It's not complicated. The really nice thing about this instructional activity is that there is a video that teaches this line dance sequence. First the instructors demonstrate the steps, then they walk the learners through some practice time, and finally do the entire dance to the music. 


9th - Higher Ed
Students create a dance about being blind. In this dance lesson plan, students read about creating a dance and then complete various activities where they take classes, complete an improve, and performing their dances.
Students practice locomotor skills, space awareness and cooperation. They are encouraged to cheer on their teammates, showing social responsibility. Students are assign an Easter basket that a specific color egg to retrieve. They return to their basket after looking under one cone, even if there is not an egg to collect.
Twelfth graders research the history of the jitterbug dance through an interactive group project. The goal of the instructional activity is to get them to execute the dance steps independently with little outside help from the teacher. The steps are found in the research and demonstrated by the teacher.
Students observe global cultures by listening to music and watching videos. In this Latin American dance lesson, students define merengue, salsa and other dances from the Hispanic culture while listening to Latin rhythm music. Students view educational DVD's which discuss reggae as well as the tango.

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