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Students develop dances. In this movement lesson plan, students play action and stillness games and learn motif writing symbols that communicate dance moves. Students use locomotor and non-locomotor movement to create their own movement phrases.
Students explore dancing and drawing. In this art lesson, students hear music representing a certain word, dance, and draw to the same music.
Students investigate how to move through space before designing dances that show feelings, ideas, and thoughts. Using motif notation, they record movement ideas while they explore a variety of movement concepts. Using scoring guidelines, they demonstrate non-locomotor and locomotor movement.
Learners dance to the song by Kids in Motion called "Show Me What You Feel" and create their own individual style of creative expression at the given cues for the specific emotions using a colored scarf and body movements.
Students read information to learn about dance frontiers and Butoh dance. In this dance and art instructional activity, students are introduced to the dance form of butoh. Students watch a video about the topic and find their own outlets for expression in creative dance.
Students observe a dance interpretation about Harriet Tubman. In this art/social studies lesson, students explore how their emotions can be expressed through movement and create their own dance or dramatic interpretation.
Students choreograph dances. In this dance choreography lesson, students evaluate musical selections, then create a dance that capture the emotion of the music.
Students explore colors through storytelling and dance. For this visual arts lesson, 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.
Students use different qualities of movement to express themselves. In this lesson on movement, students use different qualities of energy and then use their experience as an inspiration for writing poetry.
Oh, what a fun dance to learn! In this version of the Jarabe Tapatio (Mexican Hat Dance) which comes from Missouri State University, there are a lot of steps to learn along with finger snapping and hand clapping. While this is not the official version of the traditional dance, it is a fun and active dance to learn. So check out the video and use it to teach this dance to your PE classes.
Students create a crayon resist painting after exercising. They participate in an exercise session of dance and movement, discuss how they feel after exercising, and create a painting using watercolor crayon resist techniques.
Students discuss the painting Shuffle Off to Buffalo and dance, dress up, and learn about Old Man Coyote. In this art lesson plan, students use the painting as a spring board in order to evoke emotion and use that to create movement.
Fourth graders investigate human motion by performing a dance routine in class.  In this physical education instructional activity, 4th graders discover how to make the body flip and twist safely in order to express certain dance emotions.  Students work with partners to create an expressive dance which they later perform.
The class creates and performs a movement performance of the creation story found in the Jewish tradition. This lesson plan begins with the research of Israeli culture and culminates in a performance of the narrated creation story. Adaptations can be made to explore different cultures and beliefs.
Learners participate in an after school program that promotes critical thinking, concern for others, recognizing differences, accepting differences, self-motivation and personal safety. They cover how kids develop, expressing different emotions, managing morning routines and identifying child safety hazards.
Learners study the life and work of Alonzo King to learn about choreography. For this dance history lesson, students read passages about Alonzo King and learn about choreography. Learners learn about dance as a form of artistic expression, study Alonzo King's unique approach to dance, and learn basic performance aspects of dance. Students complete research, watch video or DVD recordings of performances, and practice their own dance skills.
Bring social studies to life! This interdisciplinary lesson has young writers tell the story of the migration of diverse groups of people to the United States. Pupils view the work of selected choreographers and discuss how dance often tells a story. A research component allows them to collect data on select populations to inspire written stories and creative dances.
Students observe global cultures by listening to music and watching videos. In this Latin American dance lesson, students define merengue, salsa and other dances from the Hispanic culture while listening to Latin rhythm music. Students view educational DVD's which discuss reggae as well as the tango.
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 relate stories in dance. In this performing arts lesson, students explore The Nutcracker in dance and pantomime as they discover the emotion of ballet.

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