Dance Your Heart Out

A. Wills
Multiple Subject Teacher

This activity will allow students to demonstrate choreography skills, dance skills, and creativity in small groups.

Grade Level: 6 - 8th

Subject: Arts

Length of Time: 1 - 2 Class Periods

Objectives & Outcomes

The learners will create a dance to a school appropriate song of their choosing. The dance will have varied moves and be performed as a group.

Materials Needed

  • Access to a cd player or computer to play songs
  • Room to perform and practice

Procedure

Opening to Lesson

  • Begin by asking students to consider their favorite dance moves and artists.
  • Tell students they will be creating a new dance for a favorite, school appropriate song.

Body of Lesson

  • Have students choreograph a dance in small groups (4 to 6 students) to a song that the group agrees on as a majority.
  • The dance will be performed in front of the whole class and be graded on creativity, appropriateness, and making sense with the chosen music.

Closing

  • Have students perform their dance
  • Video tape and/or invite other classes if desired.

Assessment & Evaluation

Students will create a dance to a school appropriate song of their choosing. The dance will be evaluated on creativity and cohesiveness.

Modification & Differentiation

Allow students to perform choreographed moves within their physical range.

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