History of Dance Teacher Resources
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Lone Dog's Winter Count: Keeping History Alive
What is oral tradition, and what unique tool did the Native Americans of the Northern Great Plains use to help them remember their complex histories? Through pictograph analysis, discussion, research, and an engaging hands-on activity, young historians discover the process the Nakota people used to design their winter counts to chronicle their history.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Dance and Discourse: Boogie Down with History
How did the Charleston reflect the culture of the 1920s? To find the answer, class members are taught the dance, read an essay by Albert Haim entitled, “The Charleston in the 1920s: the Dance, the Composers, and the Recordings,” and respond to a series of guided reading questions citing evidence from the article.
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The World is our Stage: Real Life Inspires Dance Making and Performance
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 plan, they develop their own dance with costumes describing their own feelings about one issue.
10th Visual & Performing Arts
New Review Dance with Your Fingers, Draw with Your Toes
Pair dancing, music, and art into one elementary lesson. Using the work of Henri Matisse and Rudy Autio as inspiration, kids spend a few days listening to music that fits the moods of various pieces of art, then work on their own paintings.
2nd - 3rd Visual & Performing Arts
Swing Your Partner!
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.
5th - 8th English Language Arts
Migrations: Dance Stories about the Journeys of People
Bring social studies to life! This interdisciplinary instructional activity 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.
4th - 7th Visual & Performing Arts
Documenting Texas Women’s History through Photographs
Learners explore women’s history. In this women’s studies lesson, students will examine seven photographs that depict prominent female figures from Texas’s history. Learners will engage in a discussion of the photographs as a mode of historic content.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Exploring Community History: Oral History
Students develop an oral history of a memorable event in their family. Working with a partner, they create interview questions based on a family story or event. After interviewing their family member, they edit their interview piece and present it to the class.
5th - 12th Social Studies & History
Popular Dance: The Impact of Cultural Exchange
Tenth graders recognize that many groups contributed to the richness of culture in the United States. This lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the groups of people who built their way of life in the United States.
10th Social Studies & History
My Arkansas Family Tree
Here is a two-part lesson plan that introduces learners to genealogy by having them create family trees, and map the movements of their ancestors. While this resource is designed for kids who live in Arkansas, it certainly can be adapted for kids who live in other states.
1st - 4th English Language Arts
Moving to Music
Learners identify how they themselves use movement and dance and the many ways that people move and dance in various contexts. They observe and imitate folk movement and dance while decoding their skills and kinesthetic abilities. Students also identify the importance of folk dance to cultural groups and that they understand the folk group is the folk dance.
4th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Score a home run with this packet of information on the very first player of the Negro League to be elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame — cultural groundbreaker and sports legend Satchel Paige. These worksheets include a brief history of Paige's life and career, a description of the Negro League and other major players, vocabulary, a crossword puzzle, and a coloring worksheet.
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Wings of Imagination
A ten-lesson study of the history of flight awaits you and your charges. Learners get to do all sorts of great activities: they construct hot air baloons and scale models of the Wright Brother's Flyer, develop an understanding of the physics behind flight, and analyze data from a series of experiments using other things that fly.
5th - 8th Science
West African Dance: Ekon kon
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.
12th Visual & Performing Arts
Love a Culture:Dance to Its Music!
Students explore traditional dances. In this multicultural humanities lesson, students investigate a specific country, examining its history, geography, climate, government, economics and arts. Students draw inferences about the vital role that dance played in their identified country and compare and contrast their findings with other countries researched.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History
New Review Giraffes Can’t Dance
Teach young children that with a little perseverance and the help of a good friend, anything is possible. This two-part lesson series based on the book Giraffe's Can't Dance starts with a shared reading about Gerald and his attempts to learn how to dance, before students watch a short video about bullying and act out skits demonstrating how to respond to different situations.
Pre-K - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
New Review Become a Journalist
Explore the newspaper as a unique entity with a detailed and extended unit. The unit requires learners to consider the newspapers' role in democracy, think about ethics, practice writing and interviewing, and examine advertising and news content.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Nureyev: After Petipa
Incorporating the arts into regular classroom practices isn't an easy task. Learners will research background information regarding Russian culture, history, and conflict then see how those things have applied to the rigors of Russian Ballet.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts