Line Dancing Teacher Resources
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Occupy the Gym Floor
There are eight different steps in this line dance lesson: angle step, jump step, punch step, marching step, grapevine step, turn step, stop step, and down step. Each step has it's own eight-count. Teach these steps to youngsters and then get them dancing to "Evacuate the Dance Floor" on Kidz Bop 18.
Two line dances that are similar yet different. These two dances are performed to disco music, fast and upbeat. Do grapevines, heel-toe moves, and even tuck your arms up and flap them like chicken wings. These two dances are sure to get their heart rates up in a fun activity.
Patterns in Dance
Third graders perform a line dance in the study of math as a pattern. They create and discuss movement solutions derived from movement exploration. They observe that patterns exist in the areas of music and dance and follow the repeating patterns of the line dance.
Kinesthetic Astronomy: Mars Opposition Dance
Your class will watch as one child orbits the sun as Earth, while another orbits as Mars. If the timing is right, they will see the repetitive dance between the two planets and discover how often they are opposite from each other. For high schoolers, follow this activity by having them apply Newton's universal law of gravitation to compute their motions mathematically.
Friendship Line Dancing
First graders explore the characteristics of being a good friend. They observe a puppet and discuss why the puppet is sad. In groups, 1st graders form two lines, facing each other. They practice talking to each person in the line, introducing themselves and saying kind things to their classmates. Students participate in various friendship activities.
This dance activity focuses on lots of arm movements. Arm circles, raise-the-roof, swinging arms, and clapping are the main arm movements. There is movement stepping right and stepping left as well as steps forward and steps backward. It seems like a fun way to get the class to practice listening and moving.
Students practice dance moves. They perform a simple, 4 wall line dance with correct sequence and rhythmic accuracy. In addition, they follow the steps to complete the dance to the tune of "Rock'n Robin".
CES Rhythms Team
Students get involved with rhythms. They demonstrate routines involving tinikling, lummi sticks, line dancing, ball handling, hoops, and ribbons. They demonstrate competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
New! Animal Dance
The image Painting of Bear and Sun Dances by Louis Fenno contains an image of a traditional Ute dance. The class will hone their observation skills, as well as their ability to describe in detail, as they take a close look at the piece. Pupils will work together as they compare and contrast the top and bottom halves of the painting and use what they see to create their own versions of a traditional animal dance.
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Unit on Dance
There are eight separate dances to learn in this dance unit. Here are a few that are on the list: the Macarena, the twist, the Electric Slide, and the Chicken Dance. The class is taught a variety of line dances in this unit, and then they select which dance they would like to perform as their unit test dance. Each day's lesson has a warm-up activity and a closing activity. The steps are all written out for each dance that will be taught. This is a well written unit on dance. Check it out!
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.
Finding Slope of a Line from Graphs, Tables, and Ordered Pairs
Middle schoolers explore the concept of slope in numerous ways and start to look at simple linear equations. They describe the slope in a variety of ways such as the steepness of a line, developing a ratio, using graphs, using similar triangles, and through ordered pairs. This lesson has an amazing collections of great ideas when it comes to exploring slope.
Students learn the steps to line dancing. In this line dancing lesson plan, students learn to put dance steps together in patterns. They learn dance steps for the Ducky Dance, Mexican Hat Dance, The Conga, and the Bunny Hop among others.
Spark Activity: Louisiana Line Dance
Students learn and practice 1 step at a time of the Louisiana Line Dance, then put all steps together and practice the dance to music.
Shortenin' Bread Shuffle
Students learn a line dance that corresponds with the recreational dance curriculum of North Carolina. They respond to directional cues and terms in folk an line dancing.
Students perform the line dance California Strut. In this dance lesson plan, students listen to the music "Hot, Hot, Hot" and perform a line dance.
There are really only four basic moves in this line dance. Those dance moves are: grapevine, slide, marching, and then dipping and clapping. Each 8-count is repeated twice, for a total of a 64-count dance. The unique addition to this dance is that alternating rows begin the dance in opposite directions. Odd rows start to the right, even rows start to the left. Watch the video and see how this looks.
Yoga Ball Bash
This line dance lesson involves the use of PE equipment. If you have yoga balls and rhythm sticks then take a look at this lesson. Of course there are other things that could be used instead of yoga balls. This is a 48-count dance performed to "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas. Teach the steps on your own or watch and use the video that is included in this lesson. It's really all about getting your youngsters excited about moving!
Get those boys dancing! Here's a dance activity that is choreographed around the use of a basketball. Teach them this line dance and see how they do. Watch the provided video yourself, or better yet, use the video to teach this dance. You could also have the class make suggestions to change up the dance or perhaps let them choreograph a dance with a partner using the basketball. Hopefully, this will help increase participation from more of the boys in your class.