Teaching Children Dance-3rd Edition by Theresa Purcell ConeTeaching Children Dance-3rd Edition by Theresa Purcell Cone

Teaching Children Dance-3rd Edition

byTheresa Purcell Cone, Stephen Cone

Paperback | January 25, 2012

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Teaching Children Dance, Third Edition, assists both student learners and practitioners in understanding the components and benefits of children’s dance and in developing the skills required for enhancing or initiating dance as part of a physical education or arts education curriculum. A comprehensive text for both students and practitioners in elementary methods courses, Teaching Children Dance, Third Edition, offers a framework for presenting creative dance lessons to elementary-aged children in a variety of settings.

In this updated third edition, respected authors Purcell Cone and Cone identify how dance experiences assist children in cultivating 21st-century skills of creative thinking, collaboration, communication, global awareness, and self-direction. The authors present dance as a mode of learning that involves the whole child, using the body and the senses to gather information, communicate, and demonstrate conceptual understandings.

Teaching Children Dance presents the fundamentals of program construction and delivery, guidelines on tailoring a dance program to fit various teaching situations, and advocacy strategies for maintaining and developing a program. Sample unit plans as well as ideas for planning yearlong unit plans and lesson outlines are included. Readers will find protocols for maintaining a safe and productive learning environment as well as strategies for encouraging students’ feedback, demonstrations, and observations.

Teaching Children Dance presents 31 challenging and enjoyable dance experiences. These ready-to-use learning experiences are divided into 12 activities for children in kindergarten through second grade and 11 activities appropriate for students in third through fifth grade. Eight dance experiences designed for inclusive or self-contained dance classes are also detailed along with strategies to ensure successful experiences for children with disabilities.

New chapters on inclusive dance for children and classes for children with disabilities and interdisciplinary connections provide strategies and tools for successful implementation. The third edition of Teaching Children Dance also includes 13 new learning experiences, additional assessment examples, and a menu of instruments for teacher assessment, peer assessment, and student self-assessment.

In addition, Teaching Children Dance features a bonus CD-ROM with PDFs of the learning experiences included in the text, plus additional learning experiences from previous editions. Using the learning experience index, instructors can easily select an age-appropriate learning experience and print it for use in the class. The CD-ROM offers instructional support materials used in elementary methods courses, including worksheets, assignments, end-of-chapter questions, and assessment tools.

Each learning experience includes a listing of the learning outcomes, organization of the activity (individual, partner, or small-group participation), and required equipment. A four-part learning experience details the introduction, development, culminating dance, and closure sections of the dance experience. Key points to observe; ideas for extending or varying the lesson; specific interdisciplinary connections; and suggestions for student self-assessment, teacher assessment of student learning, and peer assessment are also included.

Using the lessons, strategies, and tools in Teaching Children Dance, Third Edition, teachers can offer exciting opportunities for children to express themselves through dance and experience the joy of dancing with others. Whether in a physical education, dance, or elementary classroom, Teaching Children Dance will assist teachers in developing learning experiences that cultivate creativity, positive social interactions, and motor skill development for elementary children of all ability levels.

Theresa Purcell Cone, PhD, is a physical education and dance teacher at Brunswick Acres Elementary School in Kendall Park, New Jersey, where she also directs a children’s dance company. She is an adjunct professor at Rowan University in New Jersey and a teacher and choreographer at the Princeton Ballet School. Dr. Cone is a past pr...
Title:Teaching Children Dance-3rd EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.68 inPublished:January 25, 2012Publisher:Human KineticsLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I A Framework for Teaching Children’s Dance

Chapter 1 Understanding the Importance of Teaching Children’s Dance

What Is Children’s Dance?

Why Teach Children’s Dance?

What Are the Benefits of Children’s Dance?

Applying the 21st-Century Skills to Teaching Dance

Meeting the Whole Child Through Dance

Linking the Physical Activity Guidelines to Dance


Questions for Reflection

Chapter 2 Presenting Essential Content for Children’s Dance

The Body






Dance Forms


Questions for Reflection

Chapter 3 Designing a Dance Program

Planning a Yearlong Dance Program

Planning a Dance Unit

Planning the Dance Lessons

Sample Unit and Lesson Outline

Interdisciplinary Connections


Questions for Reflection

Chapter 4 Creating a Dance Education Setting

Class Size

Equipment and Teaching Materials


Class Frequency and Length

Community Characteristics

School Policies

Program Advocacy


Questions for Reflection

Chapter 5 Making Teaching Effective

Helping All Children Learn

Using Various Teaching Styles and Strategies

Motivating Learners

Establishing Protocols and Rules

Creating a Safe Learning Environment

Presenting Demonstrations

Providing Feedback

Engaging Students in Performances

Observing and Responding to Dance


Questions for Reflection

Chapter 6 Assessing Children’s Learning in Dance

Assessment of Teaching Effectiveness

Teacher Assessment of Students

Peer Assessment

Student Self-Assessment

Assessment Instruments


Questions for Reflection

Chapter 7 Including All Children in Dance

Knowing Your Students with Disabilities

Creating an Inclusive Environment

Implementing Inclusive Teaching Strategies

Inclusive Dances


Questions for Reflection

Part II Learning Experiences for Children’s Dance

Chapter 8 Learning Experiences for Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade

Neighborhood Friendship Streamer Dance

Floating Clouds and Rain Showers

Run, Hop, Jump, and Skip

The Playground

Ocean Waves and Swimmers

Spaghetti Dance

Balloon Dance

Percussion Instrument Dance

The Hungry Cat

Circus Dance

Connect the Spots

Frog Dance

Chapter 9 Learning Experiences for Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades

Dancing Homework Machine

Creative Square Dance

Action Words

Baseball Dance

Birthday Celebration

Partner Dance

Three Sport Dances: Sport Add-On, Sport Web, and Sport Pictures in Action

Dance Maps

Create Your Own Hip-Hop Dance

Funky Shape Museum

Stick Figures Come Alive