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Knee bends, jumping jacks, arm stretches, arm circles, and just jumping around are some of the moves used in this dance workout. Get those youngsters up and moving to the beat of "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves. It's all about having fun while being active and those youngsters are more likely to get up and move to the beat of a song. Mix it up and add some of your own moves!
Third graders explore the story telling ability of a line. They use rulers, color, and a variety of lines to show emotion and thought. Paul Klee says, "A line is a dot that went for a walk." Why not extend that idea and discuss rays, points, and line segments while engaging in this creative project? A line design worksheet, a pre-assessment, and two additional handouts are included.
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 instructional activity has an amazing collections of great ideas when it comes to exploring slope.
Students participate in making a human knot by holding hands with friends, dancing in and out, and getting all tangled up into a big know. They then illustrate this concept by drawing colorful swirls and curls on a dancing fan they made personally.
Students study the artwork of Keith Haring to identify his style and techniques used to represent movement of the human body. They observe each other's movements while dancing to lively music. Students represent each other's postures and movements in original artwork, using elements of Haring's style.
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.
After being assigned a famous African American each student use books, the Internet, and Magazines to find out why that person is famous. They create a bio-cube, list resources, then engage in a "Line Dance" where they will move about each other, sharing what they have learned. This lesson seems both fun and informative.
Students participate in series of rhythmic movements to demonstrate skill in dance elements. In this rhythmic movements lesson plan, students answer sequentially developed questions which include clapping and marching to explore movement. Students move in patterns.
Fifth graders work in groups in order to research a specific music era or dance style to share with the class. They have studied different music styles that are included in the lesson and now they have the choice to research one. There is a test included in this lesson for assessment purposes.
Boogie fever! Explore the concept of integers on coordinate plane. In this integers on a coordinate plane lesson, students graph rational numbers on the coordinate plane and identify coordinates of a point. Students perform a line dance where students start at (0,0) and must move to a given point such as (2,3). Students play a version of battleship where they call out ordered pairs.
Intended for the novel StarGirl, this lesson focuses on main character traits and influence on the story. Students create a Trading Card depicting a character from the book as well as that character's name, grade, role, personality traits, and influence on the book. After the Trading Cards are complete students engage in a "Line Dance" as a way to showcase their completed projects.
Students increase dance skills while having fun dancing to popular music.
Fourth graders research information about the Cherokee people. They locate and describe American Indians in North Carolina, past and present. Students plan, discuss and use search strategies with two or more criteria to find needed information.
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.
Second graders use their bodies to create various shapes to make a dance when given various music and beats. For this shapes and dance lesson plan, 2nd graders create lines, curves, twists, and angles with their bodies.
Students read two different poems about break dancing in which one show dance visually in the way the words are placed on paper and the other using its content to represent dance. They create their own break dance to music and perform.
Students explore dancing and drawing. In this art lesson, students hear music representing a certain word, dance, and draw to the same music.
Students explore two Native American legends. In this cultural traditions lesson, students read "The Legend of Blue Bonnet," and "The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush." Students then study basic Native American dance movements prior to creating dances for the legends.
Students identify the differences between the processes of mitosis and meiosis and explain how meiosis generates new combinations for natural selection. They illustrate the processes by square dancing.
Fifth graders complete a unit of lessons on the definition of dance. They view videos of various dances, compare/contrast the dances viewed, categorize a list of words about dance on a handout, write journal responses, and perform dance movements.