Dance Integration: 36 Dance Lesson Plans For Science Adn Mathematics by Karen KaufmannDance Integration: 36 Dance Lesson Plans For Science Adn Mathematics by Karen Kaufmann

Dance Integration: 36 Dance Lesson Plans For Science Adn Mathematics

byKaren Kaufmann, Jordan Dehline

Paperback | June 23, 2014

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Do you want to . . .

create a rich and vibrant classroom environment?

stimulate your students’ minds in multiple ways?

transform your teaching through incorporating the arts in your mathematics and science curriculums?

Then Dance Integration: 36 Dance Lesson Plans for Science and Mathematics is just the book for you!

The dance lesson plans in this groundbreaking book infuse creativity in mathematics and science content. Students will gain a wealth of critical knowledge, deepen their critical-thinking skills, and learn to collaborate and communicate effectively.

Written for K-5 teachers who are looking for creative ways to teach the standards, Dance Integration will help you bring your mathematics and science content to life as you guide your students to create original choreography in mathematics and science and perform it for one another. In doing so, you will help spark new ideas for your students out of those two curriculums —no more same-old same-old!

And in the freshness of these new ideas, students will increase comfort in performing in front of one another and discussing performances while deepening their understanding of the core content through their kinesthetic experiences. The creative-thinking skills that you will teach through these lesson plans and the innovative learning that dance provides are what set this book apart from all others in the field.

Dance Integration was extensively field-tested by authors Karen Kaufmann and Jordan Dehline. The book contains these features:

• Instructions on developing modules integrating mathematics and science

• Ready-to-use lesson plans that classroom teachers, physical education teachers, dance educators, and dance specialists can use in teaching integrated content in mathematics and science

• Tried-and-true methods for connecting to 21st-century learning standards and integrating dance into K-5 curriculums

This book, which will help you assess learning equally in dance, science, and mathematics, is organized in three parts:

Part I introduces the role of dance in education; defines dance integration; and describes the uses, benefits, and effects of dance when used in tandem with another content area.

Part II offers dance and mathematics lessons that parallel the common core standards for mathematics.

Part III presents dance and science learning activities in physical science, life science, earth and space sciences, investigation, experimentation, and technology.

Each lesson plan includes a warm-up, a developmental progression of activities, and formative and summative assessments and reflections. The progressions help students explore, experiment, create, and perform their understanding of the content. The plans are written in a conversational narrative and include additional notes for teachers. Each lesson explores an essential question relevant to the discipline and may be taught in sequence or as a stand-alone lesson.

Yes, Dance Integration will help you meet important standards:

• Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

• Next Generation Science Standards

• Standards for Learning and Teaching Dance in the Arts

More important, this book provides you with a personal aesthetic realm in your classroom that is not part of any other school experience. It will help you bring joy and excitement into your classroom. And it will help you awaken a community of active and eager learners.

Isn’t that what education is all about?

Karen Kaufmann, MA, is a professor of dance and the head of the dance program at the University of Montana. With more than 35 years in dance education, she has published journal articles and a text for classroom teachers; spearheaded a model program that laid the groundwork for this book; and prepared dance teachers, classroom teac...
Title:Dance Integration: 36 Dance Lesson Plans For Science Adn MathematicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 23, 2014Publisher:Human KineticsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1450441335

ISBN - 13:9781450441339

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for any teacher! What intrigued me about this book was that not only that involved dance but it also incooperated Science and Math in various areas of the curriculum. It is the BEST! It is so well layed out and I loved the assessment format for each subject and strand. With the ever popular rise of STEM, many forget to include the arts, such as dance. This book Dance Integration does it perfectly, changing STEM into STEAM I would highly recommend this book. It would make classroom learning fun. The only thing I did not like, that it is an American product sold in Canada, Windsor, Ontario, WITH the American curriculum expectation strands instead of the Ontario Curriculum expectation strands which I found disappointing. Nonetheless, I am still happy I bought it.
Date published: 2015-03-05

Table of Contents

Part I. The Role of Dance in Education

Chapter 1. Introduction to Dance Integration

Rethinking Education

What Is Dance Integration?

Dance and Academic Achievement

Other Benefits of Dance Integration



Chapter 2. Teaching Dance Integration: Finding Relationships

Foundations: Dance, Mathematics, and Science

Organization of Dance Integration Activities

Making New Connections: Designing Your Own Integrated Lessons

Evidence of Learning



Chapter 3. Pedagogy: Enlivening the Classroom

Transforming the Classroom Into the Dance Studio

Transitioning to the Dance Class

Teaching Tools

Dance Making and Choreography

Sharing With Parents

Adapting for Special Populations



Part II. Dance and Mathematics Learning Activities

Chapter 4. Counting and Cardinality


Whole Numbers, More, and Less

Ordinal Numbers

Chapter 5. Operations and Algebraic Thinking



Multiplication and Division

Chapter 6. Numbers and Operations

Place Value


Chapter 7. Measurement and Data

Pennies, Nickels, and Dimes



Perimeter and Area

Bar Graphs

Chapter 8. Geometry

Two-Dimensional Shapes

Three-Dimensional Shapes

Symmetry and Asymmetry

Angles and Lines

Part III. Dance and Science Learning Activities

Chapter 9. Physical Science


Balance and Force

Atoms and Molecules

States of Water

Chapter 10. Life Science

Vertebrate Classification

Butterfly Life Cycle

Frog Life Cycle

Plant Life Cycle

Five Senses


Chapter 11. Earth and Space Sciences



Moon Phases

Water Cycle

Erosion and Weathering

Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks

Chapter 12. Investigation, Experimentation, and Technology

Investigation, Experimentation, and Problem Solving

Dance Viewing Through Technology

Dance and Photography