Students will demonstrate eight locomotor skills - walking, running, jumping, hopping, skipping, galloping, side sliding, and leaping. They will identify and move to show three different tempos - fast (presto), medium (moderato), and slow (adagio).
This is a video featuring a cardio drum dance to the song “Colorful” from the band Jukebox the Ghost. Teachers can display this video and have students follow along or teachers can learn this dance and then have students follow along.
This YouTube playlist includes 10 elementary level dances. These dances can be projected for students to follow along or teachers can use these videos to learn these dances to teach to their students.
The purpose of this activity is to teach a simple line-dance to students. This activity could also provide students an opportunity to choreograph dance steps during a section of the song.
The purpose of this activity is for students to work on rhythm while maintaining a steady beat. This basic routine will prepare students for more challenging ones in the future.
This Sesame Street produced video stars Melissa McCarthy discussing the word of the day, "choreographer." After this discussion, Elmo and Melissa lead a dance.
The early grades are an ideal time to introduce children to different styles of dance. At this age, children are eager to explore all the ways their bodies can move and are open to taking risks and following cues. They enjoy moving to music and interacting with their peers on the dance floor.
These easy social dances are a great place to start. And in case you need a cheat sheet for leading the dancing, these dances are easily printable!