Unit Overview

Context:

This unit provides students with a variety of opportunities to play with the elements of dance by creating movement. The focus is particularly on those elements covered in grade two (body and space).

Summary:

Beginning with an exploration of everyday gestures and pathways in space, students have the opportunity in this unit to create dances that begin simply and become more complex as the unit progresses. Touching on many expectations in the grade 2 dance curriculum, students explore the creation of a variety of body shapes, pathways, body awareness, and relationships. The unit culminates in the creation of a human obstacle course which allows students to apply their expertise in using the elements of dance.

Expectations

A1: Creating and Presenting: apply the creative process (see pages 19–22 of the revised Ontario Arts Curriculum) to the composition of simple dance phrases, using the elements of dance to communicate feelings and ideas;

A2: Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing: apply the critical analysis process (see pages 23–28 of the revised Ontario Arts Curriculum Document) to communicate their feelings, ideas, and understandings in response to a variety of dance pieces and experiences


Unit Guiding Questions

How can we use the elements of dance while working in groups to express our ideas and shape our bodies in interesting ways?

Lesson Guiding Questions

Lesson 1 - Pathways and Gestures

How does your particular gesture and/or movement phrase change each time a different pathway is used?

Lesson 2 - Body Shapes

Can you identify different shapes in simple movement patterns?
Can you use those shapes with different body parts?

Lesson 3 – Body Shapes and Pathways 

How does your particular gesture change each time a different combination of pathway and shape are used?

Lesson 4 – Body Awareness and Relationships

How do you respond through movement to shapes made by other dancers? 
How do you develop relationships with other dancers?

Lesson 5 – Putting it all Together

Can you create a human obstacle course which provides dancers the opportunity to combine a variety of shapes, pathways and movement relationships with each other as they dance through it?
Can you explore or dance through a human obstacle course using a variety of shapes, pathways and relationships with other dancers?

 

Assessment and Evaluation: How will students demonstrate their learning?

Assessment of learning

Culminating Performance Activity

Students' human obstacle course in lesson 5 will be evaluated with a rubric constructed using success criteria that are co-created with the students primarily before, but perhaps also during the creation of the obstacle course and the traveling phrase through it. Students will employ their knowledge of the dance elements as outlined in the curriculum and their observations from the preceding lessons in the creation of these criteria.

Assessment for Learning Four Checkpoints and a Rubric
 
Check Point #1/Lesson 1

Side-coaching
Teacher observation
Individual and group reflection

Check Point #2/Lesson 2

Side-coaching
Teacher observation
Individual and group reflection

Check Point #3/Lesson 3

Side-coaching
Teacher observation
Individual and group reflection

Check Point #4/Lesson 4

Side-coaching
Teacher observation
Individual and group reflection

Check Point #5/Lesson 5

Side-coaching
Teacher observation
Individual and group reflection
Teacher evaluation of dance pieces with a co-constructed rubric 

 

Unit Lessons: How will assessment and instruction be organized for learning?

Approx. Duration 1 class = 60 minutes
Lesson 1

Pathways and Gestures

In this lesson, students will explore the variety of pathways and gestures they can create with their bodies. As a stimulus, they will use playground games that they already know and will analyze the movements from these games. Students will create short movement phrases using the movements from these games and activities and will then share them in small groups.

1 classes
Lesson 2

Body Shapes

In this lesson, students will create a "school machine" using stimulus from their everyday experience. They will create a variety of shapes with their bodies and will match these shapes to sounds. Students will experiment with the movements of a variety of body parts and will present their machines to their peers.

1 classes
Lesson 3

Body Shapes and Pathways

In this lesson, students will create movements using the playground games that they brainstormed during the first lesson. They will then vary these movements using a variety of shape and pathway prompts and will create a short dance using the original movement and the variations they have created. Small groups will then present their movement phrases to their peers.

1 classes
Lesson 4

Body Awareness and Relationships

In this lesson, students will work with others and will explore dancing in relationship with the students around them. They will create shapes with their bodies and will explore moving under, over, and around each others' shapes. Students will take turns being in the role of mover and shape-maker. The lesson concludes with students discussing and analyzing the shapes and movements they used during this experience.

1 classes
Lesson 5

Putting it all Together

In this lesson, students will synthesize what they have learned about body shapes, pathways and relationships. Some students will create a moving human obstacle course that their peers will traverse. The other students will choreograph a movement phrase that allows them to travel through the obstacle course using a variety of pathways, levels, and shapes.

1-2 classes