First Grade – Dance Unit

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Lesson 1


Lesson 2

CHICKEN DANCE & THE TWIST: These are just fun dances to teach and do! These dances are all explained in the activities section within first grade. All these songs are found on your “Party Dance Favorites” CD. Warm up with a fun game, like Bridge Tag. Emphasize the idea of helping out your teammate to keep the game going!

Lesson 3

RHYTHM AND TEMPOS: Effort actions of Fast versus Slow.

Lesson 4

SUDDENLY: Effort Skills.

Lesson 5

REVIEW BUNNY HOP & HOKEY POKY: These are fun dances. The class will love to practice them. Let the students pick out some body parts to use for hokey poky. Maybe you can even create a new hokey poky! The explanations for these dances can be found in the kindergarten unit.

Lesson 6

RHYTHMS AND RELATIONSHIPS: This will encourage partner work. Begin with the locomotor moves as suggested in the lesson. If your students have not taught the seven locomotor moves, refer to the lesson in the fitness book. (Found in the kindergarten section.)

Lesson 7

RHYTHM STICKS: Let the students tap out rhythms to various songs. They can try different patterns, not only with the beat, but the placement of the sticks or with the placement of the body. One partner can tap out a rhythm for the other to move to.

Lesson 8

RHYTHM AND FITNESS: You have introduced the concepts of moving the body to rhythm in various situations. This lesson will bring the concepts of fitness together with rhythm, continuing the process of showing the links between all the physical skills the students will learn throughout the years. This is a basic Aerobic routine. Begin with a review of the cardiovascular and strength cards as your part one. You can set them up as a circuit and let the students do the stations to music. This should have already been taught in the first unit. As a part two, have your students choose up to four different exercise they like the best, practicing each one separately using a pattern. Part three should allow your students to put the four exercises together in a repeating pattern. This is the same lesson as in the kindergarten unit.