Classroom Application: Movement - Dance

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Essential Questions: 

*What can my feet do to move in different ways?
*How can I use my body to show different types of movements?
*What can I call different ways of moving?
*Can I follow a pattern set to music?

Habits Of Mind: 

Efficacy
Persistence
Independence
Creative self-expression

Content: 

This unit is taught throughout the course of the year.
*Locomotor activities: stepping, walking, galloping, jumping, hopping, leaping
*Non-locomotor activities: balancing activities, twisting, curling, turning, spinning, circling, stretching, gesturing, rising, sinking
*Methods for increasing versatility in movement
*Space levels: high and low
*Pathways of movement: e.g. straight, curvy, zig zag -
*Actions of body parts: leading and supporting the body
*Timing of movements: fast, slow, sustained, sudden
*Games for learning movement

Skills and Processes: 

*Travel in a variety of ways, demonstrating understanding of locomotor movements
*Show contrast of light and strong
*Travel to different tempos
*Travel independently by moving into empty, open spaces
*Combine pathways of movement
*Show spatial awareness of others
*Participate in games like Follow the Leader
*Demonstrate differences between fast, sudden movement and slow, sustained movement
*Differentiate between light, soft gentle movement and strong, hard firm movement
*Control the flow of movement by following commands for pausing or stopping, holding a specific position
*Explore and use a variety of locomotor movements to rhythmical and musical accompaniment
*Explore a variety of traveling actions while rising, sinking, and pausing without losing concentration
*Use the names of ways of traveling (e.g. galloping)
*Demonstrate more independence in controlling movements (sharing the dance space)

Assessment: 

Checklist for Locomotor Development (Robertson and Halverson)
Participation in class activities
Individual growth in balance and locomotor skills
Ability to apply locomotor skills
Growth in accuracy of movement to a musical beat
Increasing mature motor patterns
Individual ability to control and vary movements