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Ch 5: Dance Lesson Plans & Resources

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The teacher resources in this short chapter can help you develop quality lessons that make it easy for your students to understand a variety of dance concepts. Enjoy access to informative lesson plans and engaging lessons that can improve your instructional methods and students' learning outcomes.

Dance Lesson Plans & Resources - Chapter Summary

Help your students gain a comprehensive understanding of jazz, hip hop, square, ballet and other forms of dance with help from the teacher resources in this self-paced chapter. Our lesson plans offer a variety of teaching tools and strategies designed to ensure you're able to create fun lessons that align with curriculum standards, prompt thought-provoking discussions and engage students with fun activities. Topics covered in this chapter include the following:

  • Dance for kindergarten, elementary school, middle school and high school
  • Ballet dance key concepts and terminology
  • Modern and jazz dance
  • U.S. contemporary dance and dancers
  • 1920s dance styles, moves and music
  • Hip hop and square dance
  • Dance for physical education
  • Spatial awareness in dance

Feel free to use the short lessons in this chapter as supplementary learning tools in the classroom. Each lesson is accompanied by a multiple-choice quiz designed to assess your students' comprehension of the concepts it covers.

How It Helps

  • Curriculum standards: Helps you develop curriculum and class lessons that align with dance-related education standards
  • Homework or classwork suggestions: Offers classwork or homework ideas you can share with your students as they work to better understand the dance concepts you teach
  • Discussion topics or questions: Provides discussion ideas you can use during your lessons to encourage student participation

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning dance lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific dance topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your dance class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related dance lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important dance concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant dance-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

22 Lessons in Chapter 5: Dance Lesson Plans & Resources
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Dance Lesson Plan for Kindergarten

1. Dance Lesson Plan for Kindergarten

When you think of ballet, do you think of little girls in pink tutus, or do you think of powerful athletes performing on world stages? Even those powerful athletes, like Misty Copeland, had to start somewhere. This lesson plan details the basic terminology and steps of ballet.

Dance Lesson Plan For Elementary School

2. Dance Lesson Plan For Elementary School

With this lesson plan, your students will relate to several popular ballets while deepening their understanding of dance. Students can make connections between music and movement as they dance to the music during a fun activity.

Dance Lesson Plan for Middle School

3. Dance Lesson Plan for Middle School

What is a tendu? A video lesson gives students a chance to learn about and try many different ballet movements and an activity helps them create their own routine.

Dance Lesson Plan for High School

4. Dance Lesson Plan for High School

Teach your students the basic terminology and moves in ballet dance using this lesson plan. Students will watch a video to guide learning, then practice simple ballet moves. Finish up with a fun activity to check for understanding.

Ballet Dance Terminology and Key Concepts

5. Ballet Dance Terminology and Key Concepts

The fact that most ballet terms are in French can make them seem intimidating, but they're more accessible than you might think. Learn some of the key terms used in ballet dance.

Ballet History Lesson Plan

6. Ballet History Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the history of ballet with the help of this lesson plan. Students will read a lesson that explains the origins and progression of ballet, discuss and apply content in a creative way, then do an activity and take a quiz to help learning stick.

History of Ballet: Timeline & Facts

7. History of Ballet: Timeline & Facts

Ballet is a respected tradition around the world, but where did it come from? In this lesson, we'll explore the origins and growth of ballet, and see how it developed into the art it is today.

Dance History Research Essay Topics

8. Dance History Research Essay Topics

Are you a teacher in search of ways to use writing and the tools of research inside a physical education course and/or dance art class with students? Here is a lesson with interesting essay topics on the history of dance that you may find purposeful.

Modern Dance Lesson Plan

9. Modern Dance Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students see dance as more than just classical forms and as something that is evolving and changing even today. The history and development of modern dance are emphasized, as well as recognizing differences between pioneers in the field.

Contemporary Dance and Dancers in the United States

10. Contemporary Dance and Dancers in the United States

Contemporary dance in America is like nothing that came before it. Learn about the dancers and choreographers who shaped this art form in the 20th century and made it uniquely American.

Jazz Dance Lesson Plan

11. Jazz Dance Lesson Plan

Few decades have influenced modern dance more than the 1920s. This lesson plan introduces your students to many of the new dances of the 1920s, as well as the roles that jazz dance played in the social transformation of the Roaring Twenties.

1920s Dances: Styles, Moves & Music

12. 1920s Dances: Styles, Moves & Music

It's an era that changed the face of entertainment. In this lesson, learn about the dance styles, moves, and music of the 1920s. Then take a short quiz to test your knowledge.

Hip Hop Dance Lesson Plan

13. Hip Hop Dance Lesson Plan

There are many types of music for students to fall in love with, including hip hop. Explore with your students the world of hip hop and its unique subculture through a text lesson and an activity that allows students to develop their own rap songs. Find related lessons and lesson extensions for further learning.

What is Hip Hop Subculture?

14. What is Hip Hop Subculture?

In this lesson, you will learn about hip hop music and the defining characteristics of the hip hop subculture. You will learn about the history, fashion, and values of this subculture as well.

Square Dance Lesson Plan for Elementary School

15. Square Dance Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about square dancing with this lesson plan. Activities for all levels allow students to learn the sequence, practice their moves and learn to do-si-do.

Dance Lesson Plan for Physical Education

16. Dance Lesson Plan for Physical Education

In this lesson plan, students will explore the different genres of dance. Students will brainstorm ideas about the rules of dance, view examples within the different genres and choreograph an original performance piece.

Spatial Awareness in Dance Lesson Plan

17. Spatial Awareness in Dance Lesson Plan

Students will find this lesson plan fun as they construct a spatial awareness dance. Prior to the activity they will read a lesson, participate in discussion questions and take a quiz.

What is Spatial Awareness in Dance?

18. What is Spatial Awareness in Dance?

Spatial awareness is an integral part of dance. This lesson explains this ability we all share and how dancers train intensely to master the skill and apply it to their craft.

Ballroom Dance Lesson Plan

19. Ballroom Dance Lesson Plan

You don't need a ballroom to teach your students the fundamentals of this classy step. This lesson plan guides you through instruction of ballroom dancing in an easy-to-follow format you can pick up and use without a lot of preparation or expensive materials.

Salsa Dance Lesson Plan

20. Salsa Dance Lesson Plan

When discussing the diversity of dance, consider using this lesson to engage students in studying salsa dancing. This lesson includes time to practice basic salsa dance moves and a group activity to design a festival honoring salsa dancing.

Salsa Dance: Origin, History & Steps

21. Salsa Dance: Origin, History & Steps

Tonight we're going salsa dancing! In this lesson let's explore one of the most famous Caribbean rhythms: Salsa! We are going to discover the origins of this dance, the most common steps, and some variations of this spicy and fast-paced music.

Samba Dance Lesson Plan

22. Samba Dance Lesson Plan

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.

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