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LESSON PLAN FORMAT- DANCE CONTENT AREA

WINTHROP UNIVERSITY
Educator: Brittany M. Johnson
Date: 09/ 12/ 2014
Target Age Group/ Grade: 6th
Length of Lesson: 40 minutes
Focus of Lesson: In todays lesson, students will explore the four common characteristics of
living organism through the use of theme and variation choreographic structure.
Materials: Promethean board, sentence strips, exit slips, PowerPoint Presentation, iPod, iPod
Dock
Resources: Support Documents for the Grade 6 South Carolina Academic Standards and
Performance Indicators for Science
National/ State Curriculum Standards:
Life Science
Standard 4:
6.L.4: The student will demonstrate an understanding of how scientists classify organisms and
how the structures, processes, behaviors, and adaptions of animals allow them to survive.
Indicator:
6.L.4A.1 Obtain and communicate information to support claims that living organisms (1) obtain
and use resources for energy, (2) respond to stimuli, (3) reproduce, and (4) grow and develop.
Dance
Standard 2:
The student will implement choreographic principles, processes, and structures.
Indicator:
D6-2.3 Identify and demonstrate the structures or forms of AB, ABA, canon, call and response,
and narrative.
Vocabulary:
Introduced Vocabulary
Living Organism- an individual form of life, such as a plant, animal, protest, or bacterium, or
fungus
Theme and Variation- choreographic structure that begins with an initial movement pattern (A),
and then adds subsequent variations of that pattern (A1, A2, A3)

Lesson Objective

Students will be able to:


1) Obtain and communicate the four characteristics of living
organisms;
2) Create a dance phrase that uses the theme and variation
choreographic structure to represent the four characteristics of
a living organism.

Instructional
Procedures

Introductory Activity: (5 minutes)


1) The lesson plan will begin with a warm-up activity to prepare
the body for todays movement activity.
Developmental Activity: (30 minutes)
1) Open the lesson activity with a brief discussion about Living
Organisms (accompanied with a PowerPoint for visual
representation)
a. Can anyone tell me is a living organism?
b. A living organism is an individual form of life, such as
a plant, animal, protest, or bacterium, or fungus
c. Today, we are going to explore the four characteristics
of living organism. Can anyone guess what they are?
All Living Organisms:
i. Use food for chemical energy
ii. React to their surroundings
iii. Reproduce
iv. Grow and develop
d. Can anyone give me an example of a living organism
2) Proceed with examples used in the PowerPoint, of organisms
in the universe.
3) We will begin our Living Organisms movement exercise.
a. We are going to do a movement exercise called Living
Organisms to help us can remember the four
characteristics of living organisms.
b. Whenever I say All living organisms, I want
everyone to give me four giant steps forward. Lets try
it. Say it with me. (Practice)
c. Now, when I say the first characteristic, use food for
chemical energy, I want everyone to give me four
marches in place. Lets try it. Say it with me.
d. So, all living organisms equals four giant walks and
use food for energy equals four marches in place.
When we put it together we will get what four giant
steps and four marches in place. Now say the whole
thing while doing the movement. All living organism
use food for chemical energy

e. What is characteristic number 2? React to their


surroundings, I want everyone to give me four crawls
on the floor when we say react to their surroundings
Lets say it and do it.
f. Now lets combine it with all living organisms. What
will we get? Four giant walks and four crawls. Lets
say it and do it. All living organism react to their
surroundings. Can we try it from the beginning with
the first characteristic? (Say and demonstrate)
g. The third characteristic is what? Reproduce For the
third characteristic lets do four gallops to the right.
(Say and demonstrate) Lets combine it with all
organisms, our four giant steps. (Say and
demonstrate) Then review from beginning.
h. And finally the last characteristic is grow and
develop. For grow and develop lets do four jumps
to the left. (Say and demonstrate)
i. Good everyone! Now were going to put all four
characteristics of living organisms together. Ready?
(Review movement phrases for living organisms)
4) Students will engage in small discussion to relate theme and
variation is to our Living Organisms activity. (Accompanied
by PowerPoint)
a. Okay, which movement stayed the same in our
movement activity?...Yes, the four giant steps at the
beginning, which equals all living organisms. But
everything else we did was different, right?
b. This is what we call theme and variation in
choreography. Everyone say theme and variation.
Theme and variation is one of many kinds of structures
that a choreographer can use to create a dance. This is
how it works.
c. When a choreographer creates a movement phrase,
they use a theme. A theme is a movement that stays the
same and does not change. So, what was our theme?
What didnt change.Four giant steps forward. Then
the choreographer takes that theme and combines it
with different movements. This is called variations.
Variations are movements that change. We had four
variations. What were they?.... marches, crawls,
gallops, and jumps. Correct.
d. Now lets create a movement phrase together about a
living organism by using theme and variation.

5) Students will collaborate as a class to create a phrase using


theme and variation structure.
a. Lets begin by picking five actions.
b. Now, lets pick a living organism. It can be a plant or
animal. Anything that 1) uses food for chemical
energy, 2) reacts to things in their surroundings, 3)
reproduces, and 4) grows and develops A
__________ will be our theme. What action will equal
to a_______? (Students choose and action from the
board. (Say and demonstrate together.)
c. The first characteristic is uses food for chemical
energy. What action will equal the first
characteristic?....This will be our first variation. Lets
combine it with our theme. A_________ uses food for
chemical energy. (Say and demonstrate)
d. What action will be equal to the second characteristic
reacts their surroundings?......This is our second
variation. Lets combine it with the theme.
A____________ reacts to things in their
surroundings. (Say and demonstrate; review)
e. Reproduce is the third characteristic. Which action will
we use for reproduce?.... This is our third variation.
Okay lets combine it with the theme. A________
reproduces.(Say and demonstrate; review)
f. Last, grow and develop is our last characteristic. The
last action is_______. This is the fourth variation.
Combine it with the theme. A_________ grows and
develops. (Say and demonstrate; review)
g. Review Living Organism phrase.
Concluding Activity: (5 minutes)
1) Students recap lesson. Review four characteristics of living
organisms and theme and variation.
Assessment of Each
Objective

I will assess the first objective, obtain and communicate the four
characteristics of living organisms, through an informal assessment,
which occurs during the beginning developmental activity. Students
will identify living organisms by using the four characteristics during
the PowerPoint presentation and communicate the four characteristics
during the first part of the Living Organisms exercise. I will assess the
second objective, create a dance phrase that uses the theme and
variation choreographic structure to represent the four characteristics
of a living organism, during an informal and formal assessment.
During the second part of the movement activity, students will
collaboratively create their own Living Organisms dance phrase,
which is the informal assessment.