Samba Dance Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Bring your students to their feet - literally - with this lesson plan on the samba. Students will read about the origins and history of the dance, then play an active samba game that reviews content and practices the moves.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the origins and music of samba
  • explain how to dance samba


1 hour

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


  • Copies of the lesson The Origins and History of Samba Dancing, one for each student
  • Map of South America for class viewing
  • Samba music
  • Video of the samba dance for students to observe
  • Note cards
  • Tape
  • Paper
  • Scissors

Key Vocabulary

  • Samba
  • Solo samba
  • Samba schools

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Start by showing students video of people dancing the samba. Ask them to observe, noticing and noting the type of music and dance moves.
  • Discuss:
    • What do you notice about the music?
    • What do you notice about the dance?
  • Allow students to comment on the costumes of the dancers if appropriate.
  • Ask students if they know the type of dance or its origins, sharing (if necessary) that it is the samba.

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