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Students explore colors through storytelling and dance. In this visual arts lesson plan, 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.
The class creates and performs a movement performance of the creation story found in the Jewish tradition. This lesson 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.
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.
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.
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.
Fourth graders investigate human motion by performing a dance routine in class. In this physical education lesson, 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.
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 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.
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.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars view educational DVD's which discuss reggae as well as the tango.
Tenth graders examine various dances focused on issues faced by society. While viewing, they identify and analyze the movements and how they relate to the sociocultural issues. To complete the lesson, they develop their own dance with costumes describing their own feelings about one issue.
Twelfth graders investigate Ekon kon or Djola or Jola (dance), a noncompetitive, communal dance performed by the Djola people from the Sene-Gambia region of West Africa. They listen to a lecture by the teacher about the West African cultures that include this dance. The instructional activity includes many resources for the teacher as well as explicit directions for performing the dance.