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- Donna B.
- Biloxi, MS
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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.
This was written for ESOL students, but could work for any elementary class. Learners read about the American dance style known as Square Dancing. They explore its use in literature, write a friendly letter about it, and then use their listening skills as they do the dance. They'll promenade, do-si-do, and sachet to upbeat American folk music.
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.
Students are introduced to the basic details of dancing as an exercise in this concise slightly outdated PowerPoint. This presentation contains the talking points as to why dance is healthy and fun. The 5 slides introduce 4 research questions for the students. The images used are mostly standard clipart.
What do writing and dance have in common? They both have a six-trait rubric for assessment. Just like a good story, a good dance must have a hook, beginning, middle, end, logical sequence, and a climax. Learners use a structured criterion to analyze a dance performance in detail. The discussion that follows the exercise could easily be modified to fit a lesson on assessing or analyzing a story.
This dance makes me want to just get up and start moving right now. This dance is done to the song "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins. The lesson includes not only step-by-dance step instructions but also a video. There is a lot of movement in this quick-paced dance. Show your class the video and surely they will want to learn it!
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by teaching your class how to do an Irish jig. This type of dance is very fast. Break it all down and teach each section of the dance thoroughly. There are plenty of hops, kicks, toe touches, and stomps in this jig, so it will take some time to learn. History about St. Patrick's Day and Irish dances is included to enhance the activity. Don't be afraid to tackle teaching this cultural dance because there is a video that leads the way!
Great lesson on teaching some of the basics of square dancing. Ten basic moves are listed and described. The descriptions of these square dance moves are clearly explained. There are several pictures to show what a few of these moves look like. These basic moves will get you through most square dances. The teacher recommends using a CD titled, "The Fundamentals of Square Dance."
Nearly every people group has some type of dance, and those dances usually reflect history and culture. Little researchers write an essay on the cultural significance of the Hawaiian hula dance. They research the role of the hula dancer as it has changed throughout time. Tip: Have small groups each perform a hula dance from a specific time period.