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Winter Dance

What do books and dances have in common? They can both be used to tell stories and express emotions. In this lesson, students will learn to represent scenes from a story through dance.
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Students will be able to compose dances to represent scenes from a text.

(5 minutes)
  • Tell students what season it is. Ask what they like to do in this season.
  • If it's not winter right now, ask students to share what they like to do in winter.
(20 minutes)
  • Read aloud Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer.
  • Ask students to turn and talk to a partner to retell what happens in the story.
  • Have students think of one key detail that stands out to them. Ask students to share the detail they picked with a partner, explaining why they chose that detail.
  • Call on a few students to share their key details with the class.
(20 minutes)
  • Pick one page of Winter Dance to read aloud to students.
  • After reading, brainstorm how you could represent what happens on the page using dance.
  • Explain that dance can show stories through movements and facial expressions.
  • Act out a dance that represents the page you selected.
(15 minutes)
  • Have students work in pairs to pick a page from Winter Dance to represent as a dance.
  • Encourage students to practice their dances enough times that they can remember the moves.

Support: Select a page for students to compose their dances to.

Enrichment: Have students create a visual representation of their dance, using pictures and words to detail each step.

(5 minutes)
  • Assess how students represent the key details of the story through their dances.
(5 minutes)
  • Call on pairs to perform their dances.

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