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Students explore the relationships of space through movement. Two perform movement improvisation based on over/under. The activity improves hand-eye coordination, cooperation, and communication skills. The timing of the dance also increases abilities to judge spatial distances.
Young historians climb through the three branches of the US government in the third lesson of this five-part series. While reading the first three Articles of the Constitution in small groups, children write facts on paper leaves that are used to create a government tree display. The lesson concludes with a short play that highlights how the Constitution creates a system of checks and balances to separate power in the government.
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Basic swing dancing moves are performed in this video. Learn how to "skin the cat" and more!
There is a wonderful magic that happens when artists collaborate. Kids examine storytelling through collaborative art. Inspired by Rodin's sculpture Minotaur, Daria Martin and Anna Halprin create a filmed dance sequence. Kids analyze the film and then work together to create a dance sequence that tells a story.
Students get a stuffed animal (chicken, dog or rabbit). When the "Bunny Hop" music is playing, all students perform the dance. When "Who Let the Dogs Out" plays, the "dogs" chase (via walking) the chickens and rabbits. If tag
The Jets and the Sharks are back! As you watch the film version of West Side Story, use this viewing guide to help keep your class on track and analyze important plot events. Each song's lyrics are presented here, along with a set of analysis questions. This is a very comprehensive guide! 
Combining art, music, dance, and reading comprehension, this instructional activity is geared to reach all ability levels. After reading a variety of fables and discussing story elements and character traits, class members select a moral to use as the basis of their own fable about two characters, one with foibles and one without. Your fabulists then collaborate on a class mural, a music composition, and a dance which reflect the traits of characters in their stories. Document it all on a class website.
Learners view pictures in their Spanish textbooks, discuss and listen to selection of Latin music, and read textbook passage to answer true/false questions about origins of bomba and plena. Students then practice Latin-style dance moves, choose type of music/dance to research, and create children's book to share with elementary learners.
Victoria is very talented. She can dance to ballet, hip-hop, rock, classical, and even polka music. She tells Murray that dance is really good exercise and helps you grow. She shows Murray some of her best dance moves.
Young scholars perform fundamental movement activities for flexibility and motor skills. In this movement lesson plan, students perform physical activity for all grade levels.
Students explore basic dance element of force, compare and contrast the use of force as it distinguishes the expressive qualities of a given dance, and explore the use of force in several of its many expressions.
Students practice the gumboot dance. In this multicultural dance lesson, students are introduced to various steps of the dance and demonstrate the sequence. Students perform cool down exercises after dancing.
Students investigate and discuss Square Dancing as a folk tradition in America in this introductory lesson plan provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. The unit focusses on learning dance and call techniques related to Square Dancing.
Dance is an expressive and highly physical art form that incorporates culture, music, and body mechanics. Learners warm up their bodies, practice dance techniques and terminology, then explore African movement and rhythm. Tip: Have the class compose a drawing or essay depicting both the ritual and physical experiences of African dance. 
Examine the way water moves, drips, and splashes with an expressive dance. Learners discuss the ways in which water moves, then create dance sequences that show or describe water. There are several suggestions to adapt this lesson to meet the needs of all learners. 
After reading a short story, learners will create dances that show homophones and verbs. Their dance sequences involve three verbs and transition movements in between each verb. Tip: Have the class dance out the sequence of events from the story, instead of retell.
Fourth graders discover movement through the telling of "The First Fire", a Cherokee tale. Small groups are given sections of the story to tell by creating dances. Music (live and recorded) adds to the final performance and assessment.
Students examine the men and women who were a part of the Harlem Renaissance. Individually, they recreate their favorite pieces of art from the time period and create their own original works after reading poem from the movement. In groups, they discuss the conditions of Harlem that made it possible for the Harlem Renaissance to occur.
This line dance incorporates the grapevine, step-claps, the Twist, and the Lindy step. It's a great way to introduce the Lindy step in a line dance before teaching them to dance the Lindy with a partner. The directions are well written and explain the dance step-by-step. Suggested songs for this dance are "Lollipop" or "Rock Around the Clock". 

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