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Native American Friendship Dance
Students demonstrate the proper steps in sequence to the Native American Friendship Dance.
"Shapes" Dance Lesson Plan
Sixth graders create dances by manipulating shapes with their bodies.
Dancing-Warming Up the Body
Eighth graders demonstrate a jazz dance. In this dance lesson plan, 8th graders warm up by stretching and then perform a jazz dance to the song "All That Jazz."
Students identify part of the Native American culture and perform a "rain dance".
Geometric Shape Dances
Students use movement and dance in order to strengthen mathematical understanding of different geometric shapes. The movements are imitating the drawing of shapes and they pick one to make into a dance. Upon beginning the dance music can be added.
"Spatial Awareness" Dance Lesson Plan
Seventh graders explore spatial awareness and then choreograph a dance.
Styles of Dance
In this comprehension worksheet, students read a passage about styles of dance and answer multiple choice questions about it. Students complete 5 questions total.
"Creating Movement through Literature" Dance Lesson Plan
Students listen to a story and then use the words from the book to generate dance movements.
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with Dance
Students perform Irish dances. In this Irish dance instructional activity, students learn a variety of dance steps and use these dances for physical activity, fun, and exercise.
Twelfth graders investigate how West-African dance makes known a common past and stimulates a shared sense of values and beliefs. The cultural purpose of West-African dance is to tell history and relay stories to intensify social and religious rituals.
Music and Dance Celebration
Third graders demonstrate effective use of a Venn Diagram Graphic Organizer by comparing and contrasting music and dance. They discover how different cultures around the world celebrate with music and dance.
Styles of Dance
In this comprehension activity, students read a passage about styles of dance and answer multiple choice questions about it. Students complete 5 questions total.
"Movement Qualities" Dance Lesson Plan
Students examine how dance steps can be done with different qualities. students perform their dance movement pattern with their choice of movement qualities.
"Performance Qualities" Dance Lesson Plan
Eighth graders move across a space practicing a dance as they work on focus and energy.
Clerihew Dances II
Third graders explore rhythm and quality of word and phrased to that of dance. They move to the rhythm of poetry.
Living History - Dance
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.
Love a Culture: Dance to Its Music!
Sixth graders practice four different cultural or traditional (folk) dances and participate in whole-class and small-group discussions that invite critical thinking to draw inferences. Students choose specific countries or regions to research, examining their histories, geographies, climates, governments, economics, cultures and arts.
The Frontiers of Dance
Students learn about the a dance company with disabled dancers as well as the field of integrated dance. In this integrated dance lesson, students read passages about the AXIS Dance Company, an integrated dance company of able and disabled dancers. Students 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.
Learning By Looking: Pueblo Indian Ceremonial Dances
Students 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
Family Dance Participation Night
Pupils 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.