# "Moon Dance" lesson plan for 6th graders

Topics: Moon, Earth, Lunar phase Pages: 9 (2436 words) Published: October 28, 2013
﻿LESSON: MOON LESSON CONTINUED

THEME: Investigation and participation in a model of the moon’s orbit around the earth through movement and dialect.

Dance Spatial Elements:
Place-self space/general space
Size and range of movement
Level-low through high
Pathway-curved, straight, horizontal, diagonal
Design
Focus
Body
Identification of parts
Shapes-straight, curved, twisted

INTELLIGENCES FOCUS:
Spatial/visual
Kinesthetic
Intrapersonal
Interpersonal
Mathematical-logical

Content Standard #1: Identifying and demonstrating movement elements and skills in performing dance: a,b,c,d,e,g,h

Dance-Elementary Level
Standard 1: Creating, Performing and Participating in the Arts
Standard 3: Respond to and Analyzing Works of Art

Science-Elementary Level
Standard 1: Students will understand that the shape of Earth and the moon are spherical and that Earth rotates on its axis to produce the appearance of the sun and moon moving through the sky. Objective 1: Describe the appearance of Earth and the moon. a. Describe the shape of Earth and the moon as spherical.

Objective 2: Describe the movement of Earth and the moon and the apparent movement of other bodies through the sky. a. Describe the motions of Earth (EX: the rotation/spinning of Earth on its axis, the revolution/orbit of Earth around the sun).

LESSON OBJECTIVE:

The students will:
Make deeper connections between movement and other disciplines regarding the moon and its specific sequences. They will then expand through movement connecting to the different phases of the moon.

Materials and Resources
-CD player
-Music choices inspired by outer space and the moon
-One solid rubber or Styrofoam ball (approximately the size of a baseball) for every two students. -One unsharpened pencil for every two students.
-A container to hold the "moons on a stick".
-A table lamp with a 100 watt bulb. (a yellow bug light bulb simulates the sun nicely, if available) -An extension cord.
-Space to move.
Teacher Preparation
Cue music in advance of the lesson.
Vocabulary Listing
Body part words—fingertips, hands, wrists, forearms, elbows, arms, shoulders, nose, eyes, torso, legs, knees, ankles, toes, tummies, hips.
Body shaping words—stretched, bent, curved, twisted, extend, straight
Space words—personal space, general space, size, focus, circles, lines, around,
straight, around, in front of, next to, over, forward, behind, low, medium, high,
tiny, large, arc, close, big, small
Dance words—port de bra, reverse, transition, partner, performers, audience Safety Considerations
Call attention to safely working with a partner.

DETAILS OF INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITY

(Introduction: What is a planet? What is a moon? We are going to talk about planet Earth and its moon as we move today. Review previous moonrise/moonset chart. Familiarize students with the concepts of waxing vs wanning, gibbous vs crescent, rotation and eclipse.

EXPLORING THE CONCEPT:
1. Direct students to pair-up. Have all of the "earth" students practice one counterclockwise rotation in place. Then have all of the "moon" students practice one-fourth of a moon revolution around their "earth" partner. 2. Play seven measures of Moondance, then stop the music. During this time, "earth" students rotate in-place for seven counterclockwise spins, while "moon" students revolve counterclockwise one-fourth of a revolution (about seven steps) around their "earth" partners. Check to see that all students are facing the correct direction. This position represents first quarter. 3. Restart the Moondance music, playing another seven measures. Check to see that students are in the correct position. The "moon" person should be halfway...