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Dance Around the World

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Writer: J ulie Cadzow

Years 5-6 Level 3 Duration 6-8 lessons

This unit takes the students on a 'stay in the school' world trip. They make dancing visits to Samoa, Greece and Scotland before their return to New Zealand. Students learn dance steps from each of the countries and create their own versions of them. They are then transported on a world tour to the four countries where they perform their new dances.

Key Competency

Participating and Contributing The students will see and perform dances from a variety of cultures. They will learn about the different cultural backgrounds of their peers and will participate in group activities that require cooperation.

Achievement Objectives
  • Understanding Dance in Context (UC): Level 3 Students will explore and describe dance from a variety of cultures
  • Developing Practical Knowledge in Dance (PK): Level 3 Students will use the dance elements to develop and share their personal movement vocabulary
  • Developing Ideas in Dance (DI): Level 3 Students will select and combine dance elements in response to a variety of stimuli
  • Communicating and Interpreting in Dance (CI): Level 3 Students will prepare and share dance movement individually, and in pairs or groups Students will use the elements of dance to describe dance movements and respond to dances from a variety of cultures
Specific Learning Outcomes
  • Students can explore and perform dance movements from a variety of cultures (UC & PK)
  • Students can describe dances from a variety of cultures (UC)
  • Students can compose sequences using movement from a variety of dance genre. (DI)
  • Students can present their group dances to others. (CI)
  • Students can use the Elements of Dance to reflect on their own and other's work. (CI)
Plus the following 'non-dance' Learning Outcomes
  • Students can identify and locate their country of origin on a world map.
  • Students can identify selected countries on a world map
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