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"Dance, Dance Revolution™" is a video game that can be brought into the classroom to use as an exercise program. The game focuses on moving the feet forwards, backwards, or sideways to the rhythm of the music. Arrows flash up on the video screen and point in the direction the feet should move. A great workout for coordination and gross motor movement. Playing this game will also develop cardiovascular endurance in a way that is just plain fun!
Students explore transformations in dance. In this cross curriculum geometry and dance lesson, students define and identify angles, reflections, and translations, then practice dance movements using a stretchy band that represent these geometric transformations. Detailed descriptions and examples are given.
A series of lessons about dance would be a great addition to your physical education class. Straightforward as well as creative, it teaches the basic skills of dance movement. A rubric helps guide the dancers to let them know what steps they need to makes a quality performance. It also serves to help the teacher be more objective in scoring the performances.
This four to five day mini dance unit has many components. Discussion on what makes a good dance partner, research on famous dancing pairs, as well as learning a choreographed piece in class. The class learns a short dance sequence and performs with different partners to experience the important partnering elements.
Throughout history, dance has had a spiritual or ritual significance depending on the context it's performed in. Critical thinkers research and create a multi-media presentation describing the use of dance and music in wedding rituals from around the world. This lesson would be perfect to use as a prompt for an expository or comparative essay.
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.
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.
Fifth graders analyze how to divide space or shape into mirror sections to create lines of symmetry. In this lines of symmetry activity, 5th graders discuss symmetry in dance, math, and living. Students participate in a dance warm-up and use specific movement patterns. Students make symmetrical shapes and use loco-motor and non-loco-motor movements. Students also participate in a mirror dance.
Students explore butterfly life cycles and movement. In this integrated fine arts and biology life cycle lesson, students listen to the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and identify the related life cycle stages. Students view a slide show about metamorphosis, then brainstorm ways in which a butterfly moves. Students identify and practice elements of dance (explained in the lesson), then work with a group to choreograph a "butterfly dance."
First graders show word meaning through movement. For this word meaning lesson, 1st graders participate in a "Brain Dance" to begin the lesson. They listen as the teacher reads a book and acts out words to show meaning such as tumbling when they hear "tumble down." They work in quartets as they complete the activity numerous times.
Students explore colors through storytelling and dance. In this visual arts lesson plan, students view the painting "Bird and Cornstalk Rug" and identify three colors. Students express how the colors make them feel through the rhythm of percussion instruments. Students also use movement to express their emotions they get from the colors.
Twelfth graders investigate Ekon kon or Djola or Jola (dance), a noncompetitive, communal dance performed by the Djola people from the Sene-Gambia region of West Africa. They listen to a lecture by the teacher about the West African cultures that include this dance. The instructional activity includes many resources for the teacher as well as explicit directions for performing the dance.
First graders discuss different kinds of music they have heard. They listen to a short selection of folk music and discuss where they think it is from. Using a globe, the teacher shows students where the music is from. They spread out on the floor and do a dance (dance steps are described on the lesson plan).