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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!
Learners practice mirroring human moves by performing a dance in class.  For this physical education lesson, students utilize different spaces around them to perform a dance expressing their full motion.  Learners cooperate in pairs or small groups to perform their dance.
Young scholars celebrate the Chinese New Year and listen to the story behind the Chinese Lion Dance.  In this Chinese New Year lesson plan, students research the geography and culture of China.  Young scholars create puppets, dance the Lion Dance and find China on the map. 
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.
Students analyze how repeated body movements and shapes can represent and extend patterns. For this pattern analysis lesson, students discuss patterns in dance, math, and everyday living. Students demonstrate a dance using a sequence of movements. Students review dance concepts and participate in a pattern circle. Students complete a performing and responding process.
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.
Young scholars conclude the semester with an individual movement study utilizing basic elements of dance and choreography previously covered in class. They will choose from three choreographic prompts presented a few days before giving them class time to begin their process.
Learn how to get down and funky with a comprehensive set of hip-hop dance moves. With ample time for repetition and practice of each step provided by a veteran dance instructor, this app will have you freestyling in no time!
Your class will watch as one child orbits the sun as Earth, while another orbits as Mars. If the timing is right, they will see the repetitive dance between the two planets and discover how often they are opposite from each other. For high schoolers, follow this activity by having them apply Newton's universal law of gravitation to compute their motions mathematically. 
Students view video and become familiar with the type of movement in jazz dance.  In this jazz dance lesson, students write a cinquain about jazz dance.  Students recognize the elements of jazz dance and the type of music associated with it.
The image Painting of Bear and Sun Dances by Louis Fenno contains an image of a traditional Ute dance. The class will hone their observation skills, as well as their ability to describe in detail, as they take a close look at the piece. Pupils will work together as they compare and contrast the top and bottom halves of the painting and use what they see to create their own versions of a traditional animal dance.
Fourth graders use dance moves to perform narratives. In this dramatic performing activity, 4th graders use strong and soft movements to show what character's voice is portraying. Students also use movement to show the feelings in the beginning, middle and end of a story.
First graders show word meaning through movement. In 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.
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.
Fourth graders write a poem. In this jazz music lesson, 4th graders learn about the basics of jazz dance and practice basic movements. Students learn common terminology and listen to several recordings of jazz music. Students create a poem as they listen to music.
Students explore two Native American legends. In this cultural traditions lesson, students read "The Legend of Blue Bonnet," and "The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush." Students then study basic Native American dance movements prior to creating dances for the legends.
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).
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."
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 instructional activity would be perfect to use as a prompt for an expository or comparative essay.