In this Teaching Dance for Understanding, your Grade 7-8 students will explore the Elements of Dance, practice fundamental movement skills, increase self-confidence and participate in physical activity through a fun and energetic dance experience inspired by music from around the world!
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 reviews the Elements of Dance. Students will then watch videos of Hip Hop and Bhangra dances to identify the fundamental movement skills and Elements of Dance in the performances.
In Lesson 3, your students will Develop Connections by learning a body percussion sequence. Students will then apply interpersonal and communication skills as they modify the sequence by applying various Elements of Dance.
In Lesson 4, students explore a variety of music styles as they continue their Creative Exploration. They will create dance sequences and adapt the same movements based on the different styles of music.
In Lesson 5, students focus on Skill Refinement by creating a short movement sequence that uses Fundamental Movement Skills and Elements of Dance. They will then practice the execution of their movements as they prepare a Dance Performance to the song “La La La (Brazil 2014) by Shakira.
In Lesson 6 students will participate in a final Dance Performance, integrating their movement sequence into a larger co-created dance with the whole class.
This resource includes the following material to help you lead your Grade 7s and Grade 8s 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.
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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.