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Students perform square dancing steps. In this square dancing instructional activity, students view a video to learn the basic steps.  Students discuss the history of the dance and perform with partners. 
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.
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.
Great lesson 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.
Take a good, square look at this introductory square dancing lesson plan. 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 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.
This was written for ESOL young scholars, 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 investigate and discuss Square Dancing as a folk tradition in America in this introductory lesson provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. The unit focusses on learning dance and call techniques related to Square Dancing.
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 by reviewing some of the calls that were done, especially ones that were called the most.
Young scholars 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.
Young scholars explore creating patterns. For this patterns lesson, students identfy and make ABCABC patterns. Young scholars sing songs and learn square dances. Student use colored beads to create a pattern to decorate bandanas and boleros.  
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 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.
Students create ABCABC patterns and apply this knowledge to square dancing. For 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.
Fourth graders investigate the concept of using punnett squares in the determination of the offspring.They collect drawings and pictures and create a collection for student science journals.
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.
Middle schoolers 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.
If you are teaching square dancing, this word search puzzle provides 30 related terms to locate. Definitions are not included.
Learners receive instruction in a variety of dance skills. Upon completion of the dance unit, they write a Pen Pal letter to describe their personal experience during the dance unit. They do their own research to explore 2 dances of their choice. They share this information in their Pen Pal letter.

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