Movement and Elements of Dance Teacher Resources

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Exploring the Elements of Dance

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore dance in relation to its formal elements of body shape, time, space, and energy in relationship. Students learn to combine various dance elements in dance making, performance (sharing) and reflective practices.
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Exploring the Elements of Dance

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore dance as creative expression and a form of communication. In this dance study instructional activity, 4th graders discuss dance and categorize their class list. Students then participate in dance movements....
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What’s My Vocabulary Word?

For Teachers 3rd
The elements of dance can be used to communicate thoughts and, in this case, words. In small groups, the class first creates a set of movements to show a single word. Then, they extend their movements to show a three-word phrase....
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Appreciating the Men of Ballet from Dance in America: Born To Be Wild: The Leading Men of American Ballet Theatre

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students watch a video highlighting men in ballet. They complete further research on the topic using online and print resources. They create a short skit with the basic elements of dance.
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Rhythmic Syllables

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore rhythm.  In this cross curriculum elements of dance, music, and literacy activity, students listen to and repeat patterns of long/slow and short/fast  sounds.  Students choose a familiar theme and related words with 1- 4...
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Poems That Dance

For Teachers 5th
Combine the elements of dance with the actions in a poem. Learners review basic grammar, write an action-packed cinquain poem, and then choreograph a dance based on their cinquains. After the dances are done, they'll discuss the elements...
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The Dance of the Butterfly

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Learners explore butterfly life cycles and movement.  In this integrated fine arts and biology life cycle lesson plan, students listen to the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and identify the related life cycle stages....
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Rain

For Teachers K
Students create a dance based on the sounds they hear during a recording of rainstorm. They learn the elements of dance and explore the environment.
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Dancing with Action and Stillness

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders physically learn how to perform a wide range of locomotor and non-locomotor movements and perceive stillness as a contrasting element in dance making. Students observe and perform dances to increase their abilities to...
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Solo Dance Composition

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students conclude the semester with an individual movement study utilizing basic elements of dance and choreography previously covered in class. They will choose from three choreographic prompts presented a few days before giving them...
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Body Movement

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders interpret and transform drawn lines into locomotive movements. In this improvised movement lesson, 2nd graders draw a line on a piece of paper and use the elements of dance to interpret and transform their draw line into...
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Dance

For Teachers K
Students participate in different types of dances in which they explore time, action and other elements of dancing. They dance with a group or a partner and explore how to work together.
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THE TRAVELS OF BABAR: An Adventure in Scale :Interpreting the music of Raphael Mostel's Dance/Movement exercise

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore how dance/movement tell a story. They analyze the elements of dance through interpretation of the story. Students exercise how the feelings and moods of the music suggest certain body movements and actions.
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Baila! Latin Dance in the Spanish Classroom

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
One, two, three. One, two, three. Invite your language learners to practice the steps for researching and presenting information. Each small group has the task of explaining one Latin dance in full detail.
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Art Critic for a Day!

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Middle schoolers practice evaluating art by creating a research project and presentation. They use the Internet and library to discover a piece of art or artist whom they feel has an impact on the world of art. Next, they create a...
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Introducing Maps Through Dance

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students are introduced to the key concepts of maps; direction, pathway/line, shape and symbol. They create the pathways and shapes they have "mapped" out on paper on the floor. They dance along the paths.
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Dancing with Dionysus

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders research Ancient Greek culture by acting in a play for the festival of Dionysus. In this Greek culture lesson, 6th graders study an ancient Greek map and the Sarcophagus Dionysus from the Walters Art Museum website....
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To Travel or Not to Travel: Locomotor andNonLocomotor Movement

For Teachers K
Students develop dances. In this movement lesson, students play action and stillness games and learn motif writing symbols that communicate dance moves. Students use locomotor and non-locomotor movement to create their own movement phrases.
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Teaching Fundamental Movement

For Teachers K - 6th
Students perform fundamental movement activities for flexibility and motor skills. For this movement lesson plan, students perform physical activity for all grade levels.
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Elementary My Dear Dancer-Foundation Lesson

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students participate in dance choreography. In this choreography lesson plan, students classify elements of choreography. Students collaborate in small groups and compose choreography.
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Being in the Noh: An Introduction to Japanese Noh Plays

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students analyze the conventions used in Noh plays and write an introduction to a Noh play of their own. In this Noh play instructional activity, students identify the conventions of the Noh form and analyze the realizations the main...
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Theme and Variation

For Teachers 5th
The dance elements of body, energy, space, and time are the focus of a lesson on movement and theme. The class follows along as the teacher shows them a new dance that has a theme. They practice the dance, and then change one element in...
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Day One Dance Workshop

For Teachers 5th
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...
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Dance Critic

For Teachers 5th
What do writing and dance have in common? They both have a six-trait rubric for assessment. Just like a good story, a good dance must have a hook, beginning, middle, end,  logical sequence, and a climax. Learners use a structured...