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Looking for quick lesson plan ideas or classroom activities? Try these mini-lessons tied to Arts Toolkit resources.

Primary

[K-3] Ring Dances and Line Dances
Students perform a ring dance and a line dance, each from a different culture, and explore the similarities and differences between the two dances.
Resource: Punchinella video

[3-8] Dance of the Wild Things
Students explore scary sounds, stories, and dances, then create a dance based on a “scary” book.
Resource: The Graveyard video

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Intermediate

[3-8] Dance of the Wild Things
Students explore scary sounds, stories, and dances, then create a dance based on a “scary” book.
Resource: The Graveyard video

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Middle

[3-8] Dance of the Wild Things
Students explore scary sounds, stories, and dances, then create a dance based on a “scary” book.
Resource: The Graveyard video

[6-12] And All That Jazz
Students explore isolations, a technique characteristic of jazz dance, through observation and experience.
Resource: Heat/Ode to Sabrina video

[6-12] Ballet, Modern, and Jazz Dance: Basic Positions
Students compare and contrast the basic vocabulary of ballet, modern, and jazz dance through observation and experience.
Resource: Dance Styles: Dance Vocabulary/Basic Positions video

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High

[6-12] And All That Jazz
Students explore isolations, a technique characteristic of jazz dance, through observation and experience.
Resource: Heat/Ode to Sabrina video

[6-12] Ballet, Modern, and Jazz Dance: Basic Positions
Students compare and contrast the basic vocabulary of ballet, modern, and jazz dance through observation and experience.
Resource: Dance Styles: Dance Vocabulary/Basic Positions video

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