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Love a Culture:Dance to Its Music!
Students explore traditional dances. In this multicultural humanities lesson plan, 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.
Exploring the Elements of Dance
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.
Verbs -- More Dancing Actions
Students dance and write. In this grammar lesson plan students act out verbs through dance. They brainstorm a list of verbs to act out. Students perform and describe their dances.
Dance the Night Away
Students participate in a unit in which they learn 11 different dances. They choreograph their own dance or find an dance on the Internet to perform for the culminating activity.
Dancing Three Vivid Verbs
Fourth graders use specific movements and vivid verbs to communicate precise action. In this vivid verbs lesson, 4th graders analyze the language by dancing and analyzing concepts that dancers use to create their dances. Students use vivid verbs to expand their vocabulary and organize them into dances. Students make a list of verbs and use them to create a dance.
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.
Chance (Probability) Operations in Dance Composition -
Eighth graders investigate modern-dance choreographer Merce Cunningham's historically significant contribution to dance-making history. Specifically, 8th graders explore and practice Merce Cunningham's choreographic use of chance operations (probability), through kinesthetic and movement exploration.
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, they develop their own dance with costumes describing their own feelings about one issue.
Dynamics of Ceili Set Dance
Students 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. Students demonstrate the dance steps with a partner and choreograph their own folk dance as a follow-up activity.
An Introduction to Sega: The Music and Dance of Mauritius
Young scholars 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.
Self and General Space in Dance
Students explore the different themes and strategies of dancing by performing in class. In this physical education lesson, students practice moving specific joints and muscles as they train to perform a dance. Students perform a dance in a shadow line and critique their classmates afterwards.
Students share dance moves that reflect their personalities or depict how they are feeling, explore popularity of recreational and competitive social dancing by reading and discussing the article "Follow the Flying Feet," present examples of social dancing, research dance forms performed in class, and reflect on which dance styles they like best.
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.
The Connection Between Patterns of Work And Dance
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.
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.
Dancing Levels in Space
Students practice mirroring human moves by performing a dance in class. In this physical education lesson plan, 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.
Students study weather and focus on specific dance concepts. They are introduced to different ty es of clouds and how they are formed. Next, they study wind and why it occurs.
Patterns in Dance and Math
Young scholars 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. Young scholars demonstrate a dance using a sequence of movements. Students review dance concepts and participate in a pattern circle. Young scholars complete a performing and responding process.
Two Vivid Verbs Dance
Second graders choreograph and perform a dance based on verbs that they are given. In this dance lesson plan, 2nd graders interpret the verbs by learning how their body moves.
Plodding and Breaking Through:Walking and Carrying
High schoolers analyze and describe the contributions of various dance artists, performers, teachers, and choreographers. For this dance lesson, students fill in any gaps of knowledge they have in regards to dance training and choreographic style. High schoolers then name movements, compare and contrast, improvise, compose and perform a dance based on a variety of stimuli.