Teaching Children Dance

ISBN-10: 0736050906
ISBN-13: 9780736050906
Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)
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Description: Teaching Children Dance contains a practical framework and approach for presenting creative dance lessons to children in kindergarten to fifth grade. It combines essential dance content appropriate for an elementary-level program with detailed  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 10/6/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.43" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Teaching Children Dance contains a practical framework and approach for presenting creative dance lessons to children in kindergarten to fifth grade. It combines essential dance content appropriate for an elementary-level program with detailed descriptions of strategies. Featuring 20 dance learning experiences, the book has been updated and expanded to reflect educators' renewed commitment to making dance an integral part of children's education.You'll learn to view dance as an art form while improving your teaching and increasing your confidence. You'll also learn the benefits of introducing dance to elementary students, the most effective ways to teach it, and what to teach and when to teach it.Inpart I, you'll find a wealth of new content, including ideas on how to design and present a dance learning experience composed of units and lessons, suggestions for classroom management, updated assessment content, and strategies for interdisciplinary connections.Part IIpresents 20 dance learning experiences, reorganized for easy reference into two categories: kindergarten to second grade and third to fifth grade. These ready-to-use experiences walk you step by step through the dance process, beginning with an introduction and ending with a dance. Use experiences from either category as a series or dance unit-either way, you'll set a welcoming environment for learning and creating.Other features include the following:- Questions for reflection at the end of each chapter encourage teachers to apply the content to their own teaching style and preferences.- Nuts and bolts for presenting dance learning experiences ensure adherence to national and state standards.- New photographs and illustrations make the book visually attractive and show the ideas presented in action.

Preface
A Framework for Teaching Children's Dance
Understanding the Importance of Teaching Children's Dance
What Is Children's Dance?
Why Teach Children's Dance?
What Are the Benefits and Learning Outcomes of Children's Dance?
Summary
Questions for Reflection
Presenting Essential Content for Children's Dance
The Elements of Dance
The Body
Space
Time
Force
Flow
Relationships
Dance Forms
Summary
Questions for Reflection
Designing a Dance Program
Planning a Yearlong Dance Program
Planning a Dance Unit
Planning the Dance Lessons
Interdisciplinary Connections
Summary
Questions for Reflection
Creating a Dance Education Setting
Class Size
Equipment and Teaching Materials
Facilities
Class Frequency and Length
Community Characteristics
School Policies
Program Advocacy
Summary
Questions for Reflection
Making Teaching Effective
Using Different Teaching Styles
Helping All Children Learn
Motivating Learners
Establishing Protocols and Rules
Making the Classroom Safe
Presenting Demonstrations
Providing Feedback
Engaging Students in Performances
Observing Dance
Summary
Questions for Reflection
Assessing Children's Learning in Dance
Assessment of Teaching Effectiveness
Teacher Assessment of Students
Peer Assessment
Student Self-Assessment
Summary
Questions for Reflection
Learning Experiences for Children's Dance
Learning Experiences for Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades
Neighborhood Friendship Streamer Dance
Floating Clouds and Rain Showers
Run, Hop, Jump, Skip
The Playground
Ocean Waves and Swimmers
Spaghetti Dance
Balloons
Percussion Instrument Dance
The Hungry Cat
Circus Dance
Learning Experiences for Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades
Dancing Homework Machine
Creative Square Dance
Action Words
Float and Punch
Baseball Dance
Bubbles
Birthday Celebration
Partner Dance
Sport Dance
Dance Maps
References
Suggested Readings
About the Authors

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