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Telling Stories Through Dance
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.
K - 2nd Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 138 Downloads
Swing Your Partner
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, they decorate the squares to help them remember the correct steps to the dances.
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 1 Download
Create A Line Dance
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.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 11 Views 56 Downloads
Dynamics of Ceili Set Dance
Learners demonstrate the Ceili folk dance. In this dance lesson, students discuss the characteristics of a folk dance and identify the patterns in the Ceili dance. Learners demonstrate the dance steps with a partner and choreograph their own folk dance as a follow-up activity.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 14 Downloads
Unit on Dance
There are eight separate dances to learn in this dance unit. Here are a few that are on the list: the Macarena, the twist, the Electric Slide, and the Chicken Dance. The class is taught a variety of line dances in this unit, and then they select which dance they would like to perform as their unit test dance.
5th - 10th Physical Education 10 Views 69 Downloads
Swing Your Partner! It's A Virtual Square Dance
Students explore the Wessels Living History Farm website and research how to do a square dance. They read a story, listen to an explanation of barn dances, and participate in various square dances.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 26 Downloads
Move It Line Dance
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.
K - 5th Physical Education 37 Views 59 Downloads
Exploring and Using Shapes to Make a Dance
Second graders use their bodies to create various shapes to make a dance when given various music and beats. In this shapes and dance lesson plan, 2nd graders create lines, curves, twists, and angles with their bodies.
2nd Visual & Performing Arts 9 Views 51 Downloads
An Introduction to Sega: The Music and Dance of Mauritius
Learners study the folk music and dance of the island of Mauritius. In this music and dance lesson, students study the style of music and dance that is called sega. They learn about how the traditional music comes from the islands off the coast of Africa.
K - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 14 Views 68 Downloads
Moccasins Are Made for Dancing
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.
8th - 12th Language Arts 8 Views 12 Downloads
Discovering Russian Folk Dance
First graders explore the art of Russian folk dancing. In this cultural traditions instructional activity, 1st graders research the Troika and incorporate attributes of the Russion folk dance into their own renditions.
1st Visual & Performing Arts 10 Views 14 Downloads
Jarabe Tapatio (Mexican Hat Dance)
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.
4th - 12th Physical Education 10 Views 37 Downloads
The Ritual Fire Dance
This worksheet about "The Ritual Fire Dance" by Manuel de Falla, provides information on the musician, his music, and the dance. It includes 9 questions about the reading in addition to 5 questions about the instruments important in the music.
7th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 5 Views 57 Downloads
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!
K - 3rd Physical Education 6 Views 8 Downloads
Love a Culture:Dance to Its Music!
Students explore traditional dances. In this multicultural humanities lesson, students investigate a specific country, examining its history, geography, climate, government, economics and arts. Students draw inferences about the vital role that dance played in their identified country and compare and contrast their findings with other countries researched.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 20 Views 126 Downloads
Swing your Partner: The Basics of Square Dancing
Young scholars perform square dancing steps. For this square dancing lesson, students view a video to learn the basic steps. Young scholars discuss the history of the dance and perform with partners.
Pre-K - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 11 Views 35 Downloads
Dancing through Poetry
Young scholars read two different poems about break dancing in which one show dance visually in the way the words are placed on paper and the other using its content to represent dance. They create their own break dance to music and perform.
5th - 8th Language Arts 9 Views 11 Downloads
Flip and Flop: An Adaptation Through Dancing Echoes with Shapes and Locomotor Movement
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.
K - 2nd Visual & Performing Arts 15 Views 29 Downloads