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Third graders explore dance in relation to its formal elements of body shape, time, space, and energy in relationship. Students learn to combine various dance elements in dance making, performance (sharing) and reflective practices.
Fourth graders explore dance as creative expression and a form of communication. In this dance study lesson plan, 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. Students complete a dance  activity as well as several journal activities.
Learners explore traditional dances.  In this multicultural humanities lesson, students investigate a specific country, examining its history, geography, climate, government, economics and arts.  Learners draw inferences about the vital role that dance played in their identified country and compare and contrast their findings with other countries researched.
Pupils analyze how repeated body movements and shapes can represent and extend patterns. In this pattern analysis lesson, students discuss patterns in dance, math, and everyday living. Pupils demonstrate a dance using a sequence of movements. Students review dance concepts and participate in a pattern circle. Pupils complete a performing and responding process.
Tenth graders recognize that many groups contributed to the richness of culture in the United States. This lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the groups of people who built their way of life in the United States.
Ninth graders investigate, uncover, and analyze the connection between movement patterns found in work and in dance. Students create dance studies that reflect and extend work movement patterns and employ selected choreographic processes represented in previous dance making experiences.
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, they develop their own dance with costumes describing their own feelings about one issue.
Twelfth graders explore West African Ku Ku dance. As a class, learners discuss the influence African dances have on the United Sates of today, as well as the history of the dance. Students observe and participate in a dance demonstration. They practice movement patterns and write movement vocabulary in their journals.
Students celebrate the Chinese New Year and listen to the story behind the Chinese Lion Dance.  For 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. 
Learners observe global cultures by listening to music and watching videos. In this Latin American dance lesson, students define merengue, salsa and other dances from the Hispanic culture while listening to Latin rhythm music. Learners view educational DVD's which discuss reggae as well as the tango.
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. Students participate in a rhythm choreography dance and journal reflections.
Students dance and write. In this grammar lesson students act out verbs through dance. They brainstorm a list of verbs to act out. Students perform and describe their dances.
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.
There are some good ideas for dance warm ups, cool downs, and movement activities, but the focus is a bit odd. The class discusses that differently abled people like to dance too. Pupils feel what it's like for deaf or blind people to dance. They then discuss gender in rock music. The intent is good, but the lesson could be better if it was presented in a different manner. 
Learners explore rhythm.  In this cross curriculum elements of dance, music, and literacy instructional activity, students listen to and repeat patterns of long/slow and short/fast  sounds.  Learners choose a familiar theme and related words with 1- 4 syllables.  Students choreograph a movement exercise using these words and added rhythm.
Students identify how they themselves use movement and dance and the many ways that people move and dance in various contexts. They observe and imitate folk movement and dance while decoding their skills and kinesthetic abilities. Students also identify the importance of folk dance to cultural groups and that they understand the folk group is the folk dance.
Learners use different qualities of movement to express themselves. In this lesson on movement, students use different qualities of energy and then use their experience as an inspiration for writing poetry.
Fifth graders choreograph a metaphor dance using a metaphor they created and interpreting it. In this metaphor lesson plan, 5th graders perform smooth and sharp movements.
Eighth graders are exposed to different types of media in order to investigate the tendency of being exposed to a set of values that run contrary to conservative values. They role play a television program in order to communicate the values of the writers.
Third graders write cinquain poems and perform associated dances. In this poetry and dance lesson, 3rd graders display smooth energy and sharp energy using hand movements. They brainstorm words for poems that describe an energy quality. They write a class energy cinquain poem.

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