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Students 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' basic locomotor skill movements are assessed using a paper and pencil rubric.
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 develop dances. In this movement lesson plan, 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.
Students explore two Native American legends. In this cultural traditions lesson, students read "The Legend of Blue Bonnet," and "The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush." Students then study basic Native American dance movements prior to creating dances for the legends.
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 plan, students discover freeze movement, axial movements, and locomotor movements. Students practice the movements as they maintain personal space.
Students experience dance and movement. For this kinesthetic lesson, students practice movement of their limbs and joints. They use a hula hoop to identify personal space.
Pupils practice a variety of locomotor skills and integrate the writing of numbers, letters and shape drawing. Done with music.
Students explore how dance can be infused with mathematics. In this art and mathematics lesson, students recognize how the ABA dance form is similar to a math number sentence. Students create a dance choosing dance words to represent each part of the equation.
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.
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.
Students practice the concepts of time and rhythm using drum beats. They also create body shapes using verbal cues. The shapes made include stretched, curled, angular, or twisted. The rhythm of beats is increased or decreased to explore the concept of timing.
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.
Combine the elements of dance with the actions in a poem. Learners review basic grammar, write an action-packed cinquain poem, and then choreograph a dance based on their cinquains. After the dances are done, they'll discuss the elements of writing, dance, and mood.
Who doesn't like playing with a parachute? Get out the CD player, find "Behind the Clouds" by Brad Paisley, and get those youngsters  moving. The movements in this dance are very basic: slide steps, walking, shaking, swaying, and skipping. Doing these simple moves with music and a parachute are definitely an equation for fun! Create your own moves for your classes or even have your learners come up with some moves.
"Dance, Dance Revolution™" is a video game that can be brought into the classroom to use as an exercise program. The game focuses on moving the feet forwards, backwards, or sideways to the rhythm of the music. Arrows flash up on the video screen and point in the direction the feet should move. A great workout for coordination and gross motor movement. Playing this game will also develop cardiovascular endurance in a way that is just plain fun!
The upbeat song "I Like to Move It" from the movie Madagascar is just the ticket! Get your younsters up and moving. The basic steps in this dance are the grapevine, side step, squat, back step, jumps, jumping jacks, and marching in place. There is a video included; watch the video to learn the moves yourself, and then teach them to your younsters.
Teach this circle line dance to focus on locomotor skills and directions. Which way is clockwise and which way is counter clockwise? The steps in this dance are very basic: grapevine, sliding, hopping, jumping. Put these steps together with directions: left, right, toward the center, backwards, clockwise, and counter clockwise. Now play Michael Jackson's song "Bad", and before you know it, the children are dancing!

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