History of Dance Teacher Resources
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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, they develop their own dance with costumes describing their own feelings about one issue.
10th Visual & Performing Arts 9 Views 49 Downloads
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 49 Views 41 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Migrations: Dance Stories about the Journeys of People
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.
4th - 7th Visual & Performing Arts 28 Views 262 Downloads
New Review Dance with Your Fingers, Draw with Your Toes
Pair dancing, music, and art into one elementary lesson plan. 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 16 Views 6 Downloads
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 Language Arts 4 Views 21 Downloads
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 5 Views 29 Downloads
Moving to Music
Students 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 9 Views 60 Downloads
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 12 Views 67 Downloads
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 3 Views 41 Downloads
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 7 Views 24 Downloads
Love a Culture:Dance to Its Music!
Young scholars explore traditional dances. In this multicultural humanities lesson, students investigate a specific country, examining its history, geography, climate, government, economics and arts. Young scholars 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 21 Views 127 Downloads
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 Language Arts 35 Views 21 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The Frontiers of Dance
Learners learn about the a dance company with disabled dancers as well as the field of integrated dance. In this integrated dance instructional activity, students read passages about the AXIS Dance Company, an integrated dance company of able and disabled dancers.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 18 Views 20 Downloads
My Arkansas Family Tree
Here is a two-part instructional activity 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 Language Arts 15 Views 36 Downloads
Chinese Lion Dance
Students celebrate the Chinese New Year and listen to the story behind the Chinese Lion Dance. In this Chinese New Year activity, students research the geography and culture of China. Students create puppets, dance the Lion Dance and find China on the map.
Pre-K - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 27 Views 83 Downloads
Coordinating Music and Dance: A Classroom Activity
After introducing basic dance and music terminology, learners explore Balinese culture. They listen to Balinese music, view images or video of Balinese dancing, then choreograph a Balinese-style dance of their own. They rehearse and perform their dances in front of the class while beating a rhythm on percussion instruments.
K - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 25 Views 81 Downloads
Social Dances through Time
We're going way back to the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s to discuss pop culture, entertainment, and social dance. Kids discuss the top headlines from those time periods and how music, culture, and dance influence each other and evolve over time.
9th Social Studies & History 16 Views 25 Downloads
American History Idol
What a great way to incorporate current social trends and a historical research project. The class completes to win the title of "American History Idol." They each choose a historical figure from a list of 100, research, evaluate informational text resources, and create a skit they will perform for the class.
4th - 5th Language Arts 18 Views 109 Downloads
Telling Stories Through Dance
Examine the movement of characters in the story, Caps for Sale. Using the text, pupils invent gestures and movements for some of the actions and major events. They practice retelling a story by using the movements they developed. They also use different styles of music to practice their movements and retell the story's major events.
K - 2nd Visual & Performing Arts 12 Views 140 Downloads