March 14, 2018
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By Jasmine Gibson

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Shape Dancing

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Students will be able to use patterns and shapes to choreograph a dance to share with their peers.

(5 minutes)
  • Begin the class by telling the students they will get to play a fun dance game with shapes.
  • Ask students to think of all the shapes that they know. Record shape names on the board by drawing the shape and writing the name beside it.
(5 minutes)
  • Explain that you will be playing music for the students to dance to, and that when the music stops they should freeze by making a shape with their bodies.
(5 minutes)
  • Explain that you will be playing music for the students to dance to, and that when the music stops they should freeze by making a shape with their bodies.
  • Demonstrate making a shape (e.g., arms together for circle, legs apart for triangle, etc.) as needed.
  • Play music for 30 seconds, pause, and repeat three to five times.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask students to sit down for lesson.
  • Have students share out what kinds of shapes they were able to make with their bodies.
  • As students share, record shape names on the board for reference. Have students demonstrate how they made shapes as time allows.
  • Model recording several shape movements on the board by drawing pictures of the shapes in the order the students shared them (e.g., triangle, square, oval, rectangle) and explain that planning movements while dancing is called Choreographing.
  • Tell students that you will all be following the choreographed dance that you planned on the board, although each shape might look different, and that is okay because everyone is a unique person!
  • Play music and help students (as a big group) dance each of the shapes written on the board in the same order.
(20 minutes)
  • Explain that students will now get to choreograph their own Shape Dance.
  • Tell students that you will pass out unlined paper and pencils and students should choose which shapes to include in their dance. They should record their shapes in the order that they want to dance them. After 10 minutes you will play music for the students to practise their dance. Then you will ask students to find a pair (or pair students up now) and have them trade dance sheets to try out their peers dance.
  • Send students to their tables to work independently for 10 minutes, then play music for five minutes. Pause music and have students pair up for the remaining five minutes.

Support:

  • Pair students up together to co-create a shape dance.

Enrichment:

  • Ask students to include a certain amount of shapes in their dance (four, five, etc.) and ask them to write the names of each shape in addition to drawing a shape picture.
(5 minutes)
  • During independent work session, circulate around the room and informally ask students to describe their shape choices. Assess whether students understand the similarities and differences between shapes.
(5 minutes)
  • Invite several students to perform their shape dance for the class. Ask the class to see if they can identify the shapes each student used in their dance.

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