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In Teaching Dance for Understanding, your Grade 3-4 students will discover the Elements of Dance time and energy, practice fundamental movement skills, increase their confidence and participate in physical activity through a fun and energetic dance experience!
In Lesson 1, your class will participate in a Playful Dance Experience, where they will get to learn new dance moves, refine their movements and have fun with dance!
Lesson 2 focuses on Dance Appreciation. Students will participate in a circuit that encourages them to create their own dance moves.
In Lesson 3, your students will Develop Connections and practice Creative Exploration through a dance jigsaw activity. Students will create dance moves then modify them using the elements of dance time and energy.
Lesson 4 dives deeply into the creative process with more Creative Exploration. Students explore a variety of FMS by responding to different genres of music.
In Lesson 5, focusing on Skill Refinement, students will create a short movement sequence and will practice the execution of the Fundamental Movement Skills within the sequence as they prepare to perform a Dance Performance to the song "Better When I'm Dancing" by Meghan Trainor.
In Lesson 6 students will showcase their learning by integrating their movement sequence into a large Dance Performance!
This resource includes the following material to help you lead your Grade 3s and Grade 4s in an upbeat and engaging dance unit:
- A 6-Lessons Dance Unit based on the TDfU Model
- Printable Material for Dance Activities
- Choreography Notes
- Dance Tutorial Videos
- Student Worksheets
- Teacher Tools
- Inquiry-Based Learning Prompts
- Assessment Rubrics*
*General assessment tools are provided as a reference. Educators should modify the assessment tools to reflect the specific curriculum expectations and standards in their area.
This course is also part of an Online Resource Bundle. Click the link to view the full bundle details.
Melanie Levenberg puts her passion into action through her work as Chief PLAY Officer for PL3Y Inc. As the Creator and Program Director of DANCEPL3Y, she applies best practices in positive thinking, personal development, fitness, health and physical education to inspire kids, teens and adults to claim their Bubble of Awesome and live the 3 Rules of PL3Y: Be Positive. Be Fun. Be Yourself.
A certified trainer and instructor, Melanie holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, a teaching degree in Health and Physical Education and an honors degree in Kinesiology. She has worked with organizations across the world to inspire leaders to foster more playfulness in their lives through innovative and fun physical activity programs, workshops, retreats and trainings.