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Students research local waste management services, discuss findings, give opinions about what they have found, offer solutions and ideas, and create performance art, design art works, and fine art works to convey information on waste stream management.
As part of exploring different activities, students delve into performing arts as part of this activity sheet. Learners also get to share their favorite activities.
Recently, the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania opened a $300 million dollar center for the performing arts, the Kimmel Center. For this instructional activity you are going to take a virtual tour of the new center and then think about all the productive resources that
Fourth graders write a poem. In this jazz music lesson, 4th graders learn about the basics of jazz dance and practice basic movements. Students learn common terminology and listen to several recordings of jazz music. Students create a poem as they listen to music.
Students dance to music and make shapes using sand and a funnel. In this shapes lesson plan, students name 3 colors and shapes in Hayagriva Sand Mandala, pass sand through a funnel, and dance to music in an uninhibited manner.
Students perform a story from Greek mythology of how spring came to be. In this performing arts lesson, students study the play of Persephone and use instruments and dance to put on a performance.
Learners practice mirroring human moves by performing a dance in class.  For this physical education lesson, students utilize different spaces around them to perform a dance expressing their full motion.  Learners cooperate in pairs or small groups to perform their dance.
First graders show word meaning through movement. In this word meaning lesson, 1st graders participate in a "Brain Dance" to begin the lesson. They listen as the teacher reads a book and acts out words to show meaning such as tumbling when they hear "tumble down." They work in quartets as they complete the activity numerous times.
Fourth graders use dance moves to perform narratives. In this dramatic performing activity, 4th graders use strong and soft movements to show what character's voice is portraying. Students also use movement to show the feelings in the beginning, middle and end of a story.
Second graders practice dance using different speeds of music and types of movement. In this dance lesson, 2nd graders view a clip of tap dancing and analyze the speed of music in coordinating with the speed of dance movements. Students complete a choreography and performance for the lesson.
Fifth graders dance in different ways to show movement of states of matter. In this matter lesson plan, 5th graders make connected shapes with a partner, make flowing movements, travel rapidly, and more. 
First graders inquire about performing arts by conducting a musical performance in class. In this music appreciation instructional activity, 1st graders examine different sounds and identify their pitch, patterns and the instrument which created it. Students utilize an Orff instrument and demonstrate their knowledge of octaves by performing in class.
Fifth graders explore performing arts by composing a music piece. In this melody notation lesson, 5th graders identify the first five notes in the diatonic scale which they utilize to create a melody over 8 measures. Students perform their compositions in 4/4 time with an assigned instrument.
Students explore how dance can be infused with mathematics. In this art and mathematics lesson, students recognize how the ABA dance form is similar to a math number sentence. Students create a dance choosing dance words to represent each part of the equation.
Students discover film making by participating in a music performance.  In this performance arts lesson, students perform music and physical acting to convey an already written script for their peers.  Students collaborate with their classmates to bring a story to life.
Students identify different patterns within music, visual arts, and dance.  In this fine arts and pattern lesson, students discuss how dancers, artists, and musicians create patterns like AB in their art.  Students create their own music, visual art, or dance using different patterns. 
Students clearly identify commonalities and differences between dance and other disciplines with regard to fundamental concepts such as materials, elements, and ways of communicating meaning.
Third graders recognize a round in singing groups and apply to choreography movements.  In this rounds lesson, 3rd graders memorize movements with songs at specific places.  Students perform a three part round.
Students discover the movements possible in their own body by performing dances in class.  In this physical education lesson, students define several key terms related to dancing which will help them follow instructions.  Students practice dance choreography then perform their dance solo in front of classmates.
Dancers practice echoing through dance. They listen to a story "Flip and Flop" and then are put into pairs. One partner is Flip, while the other is Flop. Flip creates a shape by dancing, and Flop, the other student, echoes that shape by dancing it out in the same way.

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