The unit will begin with a visit from a group of dancers (or a trip to see a dance performance). Students will watch the performance and learn about how dance communicates ideas and emotions. Students will have the chance to ask the dancers (pre-determined) questions about their dance at the end. General Dance Resources (for
LESSON 1: Moving Through Space
Step 1: Warm up Ask students to find a place in the room where they will not touch each other or another object. Share the reasons for “warming up” our bodies with students (to focus attention and get the body ready to move). Warming up is movement done in personal space (within “body bubble”). Ask
LESSON 2: Creating Shapes
Step 1: Size and level Warm up by talking about the concept of size and level: high (tall, reaching up, tiptoes) and low (on the floor; crouching, sitting, lying down), big (arms out, legs out) and little (arms in, legs in). Call out body parts to be performed at high and low levels, large and
LESSON 3: Character Development
Step 1: Reading the story Read the story aloud to the class. Then read it a second time and ask the students to pay close attention to the main characters. Talk about the characters after reading the second time. (What makes a character in the story? Who are the characters? Are there characters who do
CELEBRATION OF LEARNING
Celebration Suggestion Dance for the school and engage the community Invite other classrooms, families and community members to view the dance performance. Help students create invitations or a poster advertising the event.
DANCE: STANDARDS ADDRESSED
COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS corestandards.org Speaking and Listening: CCSS ELA literacy SL k.1-10 Vocab Acquisition: CCSS ELA literacy LK.1-5 NATIONAL CORE ART STANDARDS nationalartsstandards.org Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. VA: CrK.1.Ka Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work. VA: CrK.1.Ka Anchor Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic
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