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Dancing Shapes | All About Me
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Watch the clip, Bomba or Baseball, from Alma's Way to spark conversations about dancing and not getting things right on the first try. Then, introduce the activity to help students practice developing their coordination skills and work to strengthen their large muscles.

NOTE: The PDF document assets and Support Materials are also available in Spanish.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Dance
Professional Learning
Theater
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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PBS LearningMedia
Date Added:
06/05/2024
Dear Dancer: A Video Chain Letter to Move You | If Cities Could Dance
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Sixteen dancers from across the country, representing a range of dance styles, move as one being, with each dancer's moves flowing naturally into the next. Poet Chinaka Hodge narrates each dancer’s steps from all around the United States as we shelter-in-place. Inspired by Mitchell Rose's Exquisite Corps chain letter, each dancer begins in the last pose of the dancer before passing the movement.

If Cities Could Dance is a Webby Award-winning video series featuring dancers from cities across the United States. Step into the shoes of dancers from across the country who dare to imagine what it would look like if their city could dance.

Extension Project: Give your middle and high school students the opportunity to create and publish original dance videos with an accompanying artist statement with the KQED Youth Media Challenge: If Schools Could Dance.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Dance
Theater
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Date Added:
06/05/2024
Digital Dance
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This is a lesson plan based around teaching students the Brain Dance in an aschronized format.

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Dance
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Jessica
Date Added:
04/09/2021
FUSD's Creative Computing K-2 Curriculum - Red: Unit 3 Lesson 18
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Students program their first game to playfully reinforce letter-sound correspondence! They program each sprite to respond one of two ways, depending on if it represents a correct or incorrect answer.

Subject:
Computer Science
Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
San Francisco Unified School District
Provider Set:
Creative Computing K-2 Curriculum
Date Added:
05/14/2019
The Five Elements of Dance | KQED Art School
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How fluent are you in the language of dance? Here we detail the five elements that all forms of dance and creative movement have in common: body, action, space, time and energy. Being able to identify and understand these core characteristics can help you when talking about a dance performance or can help you get your own messages across through movement.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Dance
Theater
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Date Added:
06/05/2024
Freeze Dance
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Children will listen to music and stop their bodies from moving when the music pauses.  This allows students to explore movement through dance and also helps build self-control as they start and stop activities.  

Subject:
Dance
Health Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Utah Lesson Plans
Date Added:
10/24/2022
How Hula Dancers Connect Hawaii’s Past and Present | If Cities Could Dance
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Honolulu is home to tourism hotspot Waikiki, and many of the city’s beachfront hotels host lavish luaus showcasing styles of hula influenced by Western music and instrumentation. But for Native Hawaiians, the origins of hula are deeply spiritual and rooted in Hawaii’s creation stories and the history and culture of their kūpuna or ancestors. Driven by the mele (poetry), hula marries movement with spoken word to express stories about specific deities, people, places and events.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Dance
Theater
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Date Added:
06/05/2024
How Things Move
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Learn about force and motion through a song and dance by the amazing Gregory Brothers!

Ms. Grava T. is the host of the most incredible game show on the playground HOW THINGS MOVE! With a little help from her musical friends The Gregory Brothers, you’ll learn a song about force and motion that will help you win the game.

Learning Objective: demonstrate and observe how position and motion can be changed by pushing and pulling objects.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Dance
Theater
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
Take The Stage
Date Added:
06/05/2024
How to Vogue with Jocquese Whitfield | KQED Art School
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Jocquese Whitfield is a Vogue legend in San Francisco. He is a choreographer and performer who teaches the popular “Vogue and Tone” class at Dance Mission Theater. He has held the winning title at the Miss Honey Vogue Ball multiple times and is also a judge for dance and drag competitions. Here Jocquese breaks down the five elements of Vogue and discusses how the dance form became a lifestyle. Learn the basics from this master also known as Sir JoQ.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Dance
Theater
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Date Added:
06/05/2024
Language of Place: Hopi Place Names, Poetry, Traditional Dance and Song
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A curriculum unit of three lessons in which students explore Hopi place names, poetry, song, and traditional dance to better understand the ways Hopi people connect with the land and environment through language. The unit is centered on the practice of growing corn. Students make inferences about language, place, and culture and also look closely at their own home environment and landscape to understand the places, language, and songs that give meaning to cultures and communities

Subject:
History
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEments
Date Added:
11/06/2019
Materialized: Modern Dance Showcase | Dance Arts Toolkit
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From the brainstorming process to the stage, follow three University of Kentucky dance students as they create their own original choreography. Learn how movements are used to express ideas and emotions. Also witness the challenges of creating a dance as a soloist and as a group.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Dance
Theater
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Date Added:
06/05/2024
Native American Round Dance
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Explore the traditional Native American Round Dance. Invite a Native American to share proper Round Dance steps. Compare and contrast beats of various Round Dance songs.
The Indigenous tribes/nations of Utah ask that teachers reach out to Native Americans within the community for assistance in teaching the Round Dance. Contacting families within your school community would be ideal. If other avenues are needed, contact your district Title VI coordinator or Indian education department within your state education system.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Brenda Beyal
Chris Roberts
Date Added:
10/28/2022
Nursery Rhyme - Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
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Children will listen to Head Shoulders Knees and Toes as the adult points out the words in the rhyme.  Allow children to help point out the words as they are ready. Once your child(ren) knows the song and the motions, they will sing the song and control their movements by keeping their body movements in a designated space. 

Subject:
Dance
English Language Arts
Physical Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Utah Lesson Plans
Date Added:
09/26/2022
Nursery Rhyme - Old McDonald
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Children will listen to Old McDonald as the adult points out the words in the rhyme.  Allow children to help point out the words as they are ready. Once your child(ren) knows the song and the motions, they will sing the song and control their movements to a designated space as they act out the animals.

Subject:
Dance
English Language Arts
Music
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Utah Lesson Plans
Date Added:
10/04/2022
PBS Soundbreaking, Lesson 4: 100 Years of Dance:
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In this lesson, students investigate these questions by analyzing videos of dancing through the decades. With the help of a worksheet, student groups watch footage of the Charleston and Lindy Hop, the Mambo, "Love-in" dancing, Disco, and Break Dancing. Based on their informed observation of these styles, they then debate whether dance has "evolved" in American culture, or remained mostly the same.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Music
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
TeachRock
Date Added:
11/08/2019
A Ram Sam Sam
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This resource includes the sheet music, activity instructions, dance lesson, and audio files for "A Ram Sam Sam" from the Elementary Songbook.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Music
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Leslie
Date Added:
02/23/2024
SEL & the Arts | Social and Emotional Learning: The Arts for Every Classroom
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Learn how classroom teachers, artists and arts organizations are using the arts to teach social and emotional learning (SEL). Social and emotional learning gives students strategies on how to manage their emotions and how to collaborate and empathize with others. These are important skills that help students succeed at school, work, and life. SEL can be incorporated into any subject matter and any grade level, but incorporating the arts can be an especially effective way to learn and practice SEL.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Dance
Theater
Visual Art
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Date Added:
06/05/2024