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Third graders explore rhythm and quality of word and phrased to that of dance. They move to the rhythm of poetry.
Seventh graders explore the traditional dances of various immigrants into the United States. While attending a cultural event from a specific immigrant group, 7th graders observe cultural dances. They interview members of the ethnic group and learn the dance. Pupils create a formal presentation to be given in class.
Second graders discover the rhythm in music. Students walk around in a circle, swinging a ribbon to the beat of music. While keeping a steady beat, 2nd graders respond to suggested alterations to their rhythm.
Young scholars learn about the a dance company with disabled dancers as well as the field of integrated dance. In this integrated dance instructional activity, students read passages about the AXIS Dance Company, an integrated dance company of able and disabled dancers. Young scholars complete research about the history of integrated dance and theatre, give a presentation of their research, and complete exercises using the approach of integrated dance.
Learners investigate the uses of ceremonial dance in the Pueblo Indian culture by viewing videos of native dances. They listen to folk tales that explain the dances and compare the traditions of the Pueblo culture to their own culture. Finally, they create and perform their own dances to one of the stories
Students participate in and practice dances in P.E. which are appropriate for their grade level. They invite parents, grandparents and sibilings to join a family dance participation night where all the participants dance simple, yet fun dances to promote positive interaction of school and the community.
Third graders identify and perform the five main dance movements of the "Chicken Dance" to accordion music.
Students examine Anna Halprin's philosophies and choreography and perform one of her Planet Dances. They find a site that inspires them to create a dance based on the environment's design, levels, textures, and atmosphere.
Second graders synthesize the four parts of the water cycle by participating in a water cycle dance. They perform movements that signify each stage of the cycle.
Third graders memorize the steps to the "Chicken Dance" while discovering the uses of an accordion. The teacher explains the role of folk music in history, and the students perform the chicken dance paying special attention to rhythm.
Students explore physical education by participating in group activities. In this dance lesson, students identify the personal expression in moving rhythmically and stretching. Students collaborate with a partner and choreograph their own dance which they perform in class.
Sudents perform a theatrical production that encompasses a variety of ancient cultural dances and a narration that tells a story of each civilization and its distinctive characteristics. They perform in groups of six. The production has a clear beginning, middle, and end. Pupils use their bodies and their vocies using the theatrical form of storytelling. Students work collaboratively to weave their story based on three different cultures.
Students experience dance and movement. In this kinesthetic activity, students practice movement of their limbs and joints. They use a hula hoop to identify personal space.
Students read the book "Dancing Rainbows," and complete a variety of activities across the curriculum. In this Native Americans lesson plan, students create pottery, discuss Pueblo traditions, discuss the importance of rain, and learn songs and dances from the Pueblo culture. An excellent, cross-curricular lesson.
In this nouns worksheet, students circle the nouns they see in the sentences. Students have 48 sentences to find the person, place, or thing.
The image Painting of Bear and Sun Dances by Louis Fenno contains an image of a traditional Ute dance. The class will hone their observation skills, as well as their ability to describe in detail, as they take a close look at the piece. Pupils will work together as they compare and contrast the top and bottom halves of the painting and use what they see to create their own versions of a traditional animal dance.
Students perform a folk dance and discuss its cultural and historical meanings. They review the dance and perform it, beginning with four individuals who dance with confidence right from the start.
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 dance a simple "mixer" that can be done to a variety of types of music, from country to rock.
Sixth graders study South African dances to learn about dancing styles in their country. In this dance lesson, 6th graders watch a video of dances and mark the movements they observe. Students then answer questions about the video. Students research South African dances by finding pictures of the dances, listing the dances, demonstrating the dances, and bringing a unique item about the dance to class.