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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. They'll promenade, do-si-do, and sachet to upbeat American folk music. 
Students explore the Wessels Living History Farm website and research how to do a square dance. They read a story, listen to an explanation of barn dances, and participate in various square dances.
Students perform square dancing steps. In this square dancing lesson, students view a video to learn the basic steps.  Students discuss the history of the dance and perform with partners. 
Combine square dancing and a Swiss ball. There are quite a few square dance moves and how to do them while sitting on, or carrying a Swiss ball. Teach these square dance moves to the class. Then have them work together in small groups to create their own square dance moves and sequences using the Swiss ball.
Take a good, square look at this introductory square dancing instructional activity. Each square dance move has what is termed a "call." Teach some beginning calls to your young dancers. They can be scattered around so that their focus is on learning and performing the call. Trying to organize them in squares to perform technical square dance moves might be a bit premature at this age. Just focus on having fun and getting little ones moving. Yee-haw!
Students investigate and discuss Square Dancing as a folk tradition in America in this introductory lesson plan provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. The unit focusses on learning dance and call techniques related to Square Dancing.
Learners 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.
Second graders perform a square dance using proper movements keeping the beat and the rhythm of the song. They explore basic square dance steps as well as a complete dance. Give a bit of background on square dancing.
Students create ABCABC patterns and apply this knowledge to square dancing. In this early childhood lesson plan, students identify and create ABCABC patterns. Students apply this pattern concept to square dancing by hopping on patterns of colored cards. Students also create patterns on bandanas and boleros.
Third graders have an opportunity to show mastery of square dance skills by calling a square dance of their own in a non-threatening environment. Conclude the lesson plan by reviewing some of the calls that were done, especially ones that were called the most.
In this word search worksheet, students solve a word search by locating forty words related to square dancing. The word list includes square and star.
Great lesson plan on teaching some of the basics of square dancing. Ten basic moves are listed and described. The descriptions of these square dance moves are clearly explained. There are several pictures to show what a few of these moves look like. These basic moves will get you through most square dances. The teacher recommends using a CD titled, "The Fundamentals of Square Dance."
Fifth graders experience the movements required to perform social, folk and square dancing. They describe each dance movement. Students discuss the elements found in folk art, folk music, and fold dance.
Students work together to paint a square set on a piece of asphalt. In pairs, they use the square set to participate in a variety of square dances. To end the lesson plan, they decorate the squares to help them remember the correct steps to the dances.
If you are teaching square dancing, this word search puzzle provides 30 related terms to locate. Definitions are not included.
Students identify synapsis as the key event in meiosis. They explain how synapsis leads to the formation of haploid gametes. Exploration of the differences between the processes of mitosis and meiosis occur. In accordance, explanations on how meiosis generates new combinations for natural selection.
Students investigate the benefits of dance and participate in dances. In this dance lesson, students investigate a number of dances such as square dancing and clogging that are native to Appalachia. They use math concepts to determine the beats per minute for the various folk dances.
Students practice square dance calls in a non-traditional way using "Martian Hop" by The Ran-Dels.
Students explore creating patterns. In this patterns lesson, students identfy and make ABCABC patterns. Students sing songs and learn square dances. Student use colored beads to create a pattern to decorate bandanas and boleros.  
Students participate in an Electron Square Dance in which they act the part of atoms. They follow the structure of different atoms suggested by the teacher.

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