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Patterns in Dance and Math
Students analyze how repeated body movements and shapes can represent and extend patterns. In this pattern analysis instructional activity, students discuss patterns in dance, math, and everyday living. Students demonstrate a dance using a sequence of movements.
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
Dance and Discourse: Boogie Down with History
How did the Charleston reflect the culture of the 1920s? To find the answer, class members are taught the dance, read an essay by Albert Haim entitled, “The Charleston in the 1920s: the Dance, the Composers, and the Recordings,” and respond to a series of guided reading questions citing evidence from the article.
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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
Sixth graders combine sounds or movements to create rhythm in dance and language. In this rhythm lesson, 6th graders read a poem and listen to the rhythm in the words. Students complete dance movements using sequence of pattern movements. Students then create a word bank and clap the rhythm of the words.
6th Visual & Performing Arts
Chinese Lion Dance
Students celebrate the Chinese New Year and listen to the story behind the Chinese Lion Dance. In this Chinese New Year lesson, students research the geography and culture of China. Students create puppets, dance the Lion Dance and find China on the map.
Pre-K - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
New Review Dance with Your Fingers, Draw with Your Toes
Pair dancing, music, and art into one elementary lesson. Using the work of Henri Matisse and Rudy Autio as inspiration, kids spend a few days listening to music that fits the moods of various pieces of art, then work on their own paintings.
2nd - 3rd Visual & Performing Arts
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
Exploring the Elements of Dance
Fourth graders explore dance as creative expression and a form of communication. In this dance study instructional activity, 4th graders discuss dance and categorize their class list. Students then participate in dance movements. Students discuss the communicative elements of dance and then work in groups to choreograph signature dances.
4th Visual & Performing Arts
The World is our Stage: Real Life Inspires Dance Making and Performance
Tenth graders examine various dances focused on issues faced by society. While viewing, they identify and analyze the movements and how they relate to the sociocultural issues. To complete the lesson plan, they develop their own dance with costumes describing their own feelings about one issue.
10th Visual & Performing Arts
Smooth and Sharp Cinquain Dances
Third graders write cinquain poems and perform associated dances. In this poetry and dance instructional activity, 3rd graders display smooth energy and sharp energy using hand movements. They brainstorm words for poems that describe an energy quality.
3rd English Language Arts
Dancing Levels in Space
Students practice mirroring human moves by performing a dance in class. In this physical education lesson, students utilize different spaces around them to perform a dance expressing their full motion. Students cooperate in pairs or small groups to perform their dance.
K - 5th Visual & Performing Arts