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Arts and Culture: Dance - Historical Background of Dances
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.
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.
Use dance to help learners conceptualize line segments, rays, lines, and planes. They choreograph dances that show dimensional space. Dancers start by pondering space, point, and lines as the teacher draws them in the air. Each movement they make is described in mathematical terminology as it relates to points, segments, rays, planes, and lines. This is a great way to make an abstract concept kinesthetic and tangible for differentiaed learning.
Graphs of the Heart
Students study Greek literature. In this Greek tragedies lesson, students explore the dance-dramas of Martha Graham. Students study the choreography that brings ancient Greek literature to life.
Dancing Polygons and Non-Polygons with Patterns
Second graders study movements. In this dance lesson, 2nd graders draw patterns selecting one to represent through movement with their body.
Dancing Fast, Medium and Slow
Second graders practice dance using different speeds of music and types of movement. In this dance lesson, 2nd graders view a clip of tap dancing and analyze the speed of music in coordinating with the speed of dance movements. Students complete a choreography and performance for the lesson.
Dance Showing Science Contexts of Movement: States of Matter
Fifth graders dance in different ways to show movement of states of matter. For this matter lesson plan, 5th graders make connected shapes with a partner, make flowing movements, travel rapidly, and more.
Who's ready for the dance? When two middle schools combine for a dance, your learners' job is to calculate the ratio of girls attending. Provided with three different solutions, you can choose from setting up a ratio, linear equation, or table depending on your preference.
Twelfth graders investigate how West-African dance makes known a common past and stimulates a shared sense of values and beliefs. The cultural purpose of West-African dance is to tell history and relay stories to intensify social and religious rituals.
Living History - Dance
Seventh graders explore the traditional dances of various immigrants into the United States. While attending a cultural event from a specific immigrant group, 7th graders observe cultural dances. They interview members of the ethnic group and learn the dance. Pupils create a formal presentation to be given in class.
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.
West African Dance: Ku Ku
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.
Dance and differently Abled People
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.
Dance Around the World
Middle schoolers gather information about traditional dances. In this folk dance lesson, students work in small groups to research a type of folk dance, then present information and perform the dance for the class.
Styles of Dance
In this comprehension worksheet, students read a passage about styles of dance and answer multiple choice questions about it. Students complete 5 questions total.
Island Breezes: Exploring Hula Dance
Students explore Hawaii and the art of hula dance. In this art lesson, students research the art of hula dance and Hawaii. Students create their own unique hula dance.
Styles of Dance
In this comprehension activity, students read a passage about styles of dance and answer multiple choice questions about it. Students complete 5 questions total.
Describing Mirror Dances
Second graders perform mirror dancing. In this dancing lesson, 2nd graders are led in a dance warm-up and brainstorm kinds of movements they have done in dance. Students are then led through a demonstration of a mirror dance.
Describing Shadow Dances
Fourth graders explore the language of dance and literacy. In this writing instructional activity students discover how writers use language and how dancers create dances. Students expand their vocabulary through generating dances and later writing about them.
Prepositional Relationship Dance
Students learn the meaning of prepositions through movement. In this dance lesson, students choreograph a piece showing that they understand the meaning of various prepositions.