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Kindergarten objectives for dance

January 3, 2017 GMT

Kindergarten curricular objectives

Choreography, movement, elements, skills and performance

1. Identify and interpret dance vocabulary.

2. Demonstrate non-locomotor and locomotor movements.

3. Explore personal space and space of others.

4. Use levels, directions, dimensions and pathways.

5. Move to sight, sound, touch and movement stimuli.

6. Move to internal and external rhythms.

7. Respond to changes in rhythms.

• Perform walks, runs, jumps, hops, skips, marches, etc.

• Move randomly through space while avoiding collision with other students

— in a line

— in a circle

— in a square

Student work

Explore movement by moving in place and traveling through space.

Perform plies and releves in first position (feet close together and parallel).

Perform plies and releves in second position or stride position (feet shoulder width apart and parallel).

Demonstrate butterfly, cross-leg and straight-leg sitting.

Demonstrate knowledge of straddle position while standing, lying or sitting.

Correctly identify the parts of the body by isolating one body part at a time while moving: head, shoulders, knees and toes; Hokey Pokey; chicken dance.

Perform using the whole body while warming up, improvising, traveling across the floor and learning movement combinations.

Perform walks, runs, jumps, hops and marches while traveling across the floor.

Perform a simple curtsy or bow. Bend when the teacher lowers his/her hands and come up when his/her hands come up. Kneel on two knees.

Form a circle with the class and put your hands at your sides. Count off by fours. When your number is called, cross over to the other side with the specified locomotor move without touching anyone.

Repeat with two numbers being called simultaneously, then three numbers and lastly four numbers (everyone crossing over). Repeat entire activity with another locomotor move. Hint: It’s better to start with slower moves and progress to faster.

Explore space as it relates to low, medium and high levels, alone and with others, utilizing non-locomotor and locomotor moves.

Move randomly through space while avoiding collision with other students, utilizing straight, zigzag and circumventing pathways and being able to stop on a verbal command, sound or light flicker.

Move randomly through space alone and with a partner while avoiding collision with other moving students as the rhythm of the music changes.

Classroom assignments

Class participation, teacher observation

Individual or group presentation

Rubrics

Grade 1–3 curricular objectives

Choreography, movement, elements, skills and performance

Benchmarks grade K-3

Grade K-3

1. Identify and interpret dance vocabulary

Grade K-3

2. Demonstrate non-locomotor and locomotor movements

Grade 1

3. Coordinate movement using more than one part of the body (arms, legs, trunk etc.)

Grade 1-3

4. Explore personal space and space of others

Grade K-3

5. Use levels, directions, dimensions and pathways

Grade K-3

6. Move to sight, sound, touch and movement stimuli

Grade K-3

7. Move to internal and external rhythms

Grade K-3

8. Respond to changes in rhythms

Grade 2

9. Perform through movement “make-believe” characters, animals, objects etc.

Student work grade 1

Perform non-locomotor moves in unison with the instructor (ex. Alley Cat, Macarena).

Perform locomotor moves such as step-hops, skips, gallops, leaps, slides and stamps while moving across the floor.

Perform head rolls and hip rolls, log rolls and arm circles.

Twist different parts of the body, twist the whole body and move somewhere else.

Use a combination of locomotor moves to travel on straight and zigzag pathways.

Demonstrate tuck position lying (front, back, side), standing or sitting.

Demonstrate layout position lying (front, back) or standing.

Perform a variety of kicks in different directions.

Student work grade 2

Use walks, runs, jumps, step-hops, skips, gallops, slides, crawls and marches, alone and in combination with other moves, to move forward, sideways and backward. Ex: warm-ups, Electric Slide, Country Line Dancing.

Move the body to the pike position while sitting, lying or standing.

Kneel on one knee.

Demonstrate flexion and extension of body parts.

Perform a one-footed turn.

Perform lunges in place and while moving across the floor.

Perform a scale.

Find their pulse, clap the rhythm out, remember the rhythm and speed and walk in time to it.

Move through space and respond to changes in rhythm and/or music that are percussive, sustained, fast, slow, sharp or smooth, etc.

Student work grade 3

Perform a step and drag step.

Demonstrate a basic understanding of the body position of an attitude.

Create and perform a movement sequence in a small group that utilizes locomotor moves, non-locomotor moves, varying pathways, a variety of levels, and moving in unison and opposition.

Explore transition moves to connect moves occurring on different levels.

Demonstrate an integration of movements at low, middle and high levels while creating a variety of shapes. Ex: letters, numbers, geometric shapes, peace signs, hearts, etc.

Assessments

Class participation, teacher observation, individual or group presentation, dance rubrics.

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