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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by teaching your class how to do an Irish jig. This type of dance is very fast. Break it all down and teach each section of the dance thoroughly. There are plenty of hops, kicks, toe touches, and stomps in this jig, so it will take some time to learn. History about St. Patrick's Day and Irish dances is included to enhance the lesson. Don't be afraid to tackle teaching this cultural dance because there is a video that leads the way!
Oh, what a fun dance to learn! In this version of the Jarabe Tapatio (Mexican Hat Dance) which comes from Missouri State University, there are a lot of steps to learn along with finger snapping and hand clapping. While this is not the official version of the traditional dance, it is a fun and active dance to learn. So check out the video and use it to teach this dance to your PE classes.
Get those youngsters moving! The activities put together to music are every day warm-up exercises. Jogging in place, jumping jacks, arm circles, and toe touches are a few of the movements presented to get children moving. Teach them the movements and then put on the song "Today's Gonna Be a Great Day," the Phineas and Ferb theme song! Your youngsters are sure to get moving!
Dancers practice echoing through dance. They listen to a story "Flip and Flop" and then are put into pairs. One partner is Flip, while the other is Flop. Flip creates a shape by dancing, and Flop, the other student, echoes that shape by dancing it out in the same way.
This dance makes me want to just get up and start moving right now. This dance is done to the song "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins. The instructional activity includes not only step-by-dance step instructions but also a video. There is a lot of movement in this quick-paced dance. Show your class the video and surely they will want to learn it!
Heel, toe, heel, toe, grapevine, stomp. Put some basic dance steps together and get moving. Teach this 32-count series to your class and when they've got the steps down add some music. "Stuck Like Glue" by Sugarland has a great beat and is quick-paced. There is a video that teaches the steps and shows how to dance to the music. Do it all yourself or have the class watch and learn with the video.
Combine square dancing and a Swiss ball. There are quite a few square dance moves and how to do them while sitting on, or carrying a Swiss ball. Teach these square dance moves to the class. Then have them work together in small groups to create their own square dance moves and sequences using the Swiss ball.
Students dance to the beat of instructions. In this early childhood math instructional activity, students play a dancing game to help them learn about left and right.
Students dance to music and make shapes using sand and a funnel. In this shapes lesson plan, students name 3 colors and shapes in Hayagriva Sand Mandala, pass sand through a funnel, and dance to music in an uninhibited manner.
Students discuss the painting Shuffle Off to Buffalo and dance, dress up, and learn about Old Man Coyote. In this art lesson plan, students use the painting as a spring board in order to evoke emotion and use that to create movement.
Students role play the life of a plant. In this plant growth stages lesson, students review the process of seeds growing into plants, go outside and gather in a circle, pretend to be real seeds, and sing a song while acting out the stages of the life of a plant.
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!
Dance our way to a better environment? If only it were that simple! This unique lesson appeals to bodily kinesthetic learners, but can memorable for all types of learners. They investigate different learning styles, or more specifically, Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences. They learn simple dance moves and practice mirroring. Finally, they discuss the causes and consequences of global warming and then choreograph a dance about it. Different!
Take a good, square look at this introductory square dancing lesson plan. Each square dance move has what is termed a "call." Teach some beginning calls to your young dancers. They can be scattered around so that their focus is on learning and performing the call. Trying to organize them in squares to perform technical square dance moves might be a bit premature at this age. Just focus on having fun and getting little ones moving. Yee-haw!
Knee bends, jumping jacks, arm stretches, arm circles, and just jumping around are some of the moves used in this dance workout. Get those youngsters up and moving to the beat of "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves. It's all about having fun while being active and those youngsters are more likely to get up and move to the beat of a song. Mix it up and add some of your own moves!
Skater's Glide, Reindeer Stomps, Skiers, and Snow Shoe Marches are the four types of dance steps in this activity. Find the Crazy Frog version of "Jingle Bells" and teach these dance moves. There is a video included so take a look at it and learn the steps before teaching, or use the video to teach the dance steps to your class.
Students work together to paint a square set on a piece of asphalt. In pairs, they use the square set to participate in a variety of square dances. To end the lesson plan, they decorate the squares to help them remember the correct steps to the dances.
Examine the movement of characters in the story, Caps for Sale. Using the text, pupils invent gestures and movements for some of the actions and major events. They practice retelling a story by using the movements they developed. They also use different styles of music to practice their movements and retell the story's major events.
Fourth graders perform and demonstrate locomotor and non-locomotor movements, while using various dance pathways and levels, incorporating the element of space.
Students create their own line dance, which must have a minimum of 4 parts, each part goes to a count of 4. They may select parts from the Create a Line Dance cards to use for their dance, or they may create their own parts.