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Davenport School of the Arts
 Dance Department

Elementary Dance 3rd-5th Grades

Third Grade Dance Term 1-Relating dance concepts to Science

Concepts-Students will explore the dance concepts of levels and shapes in relation to science concepts of weather and the earth's atmosphere.

Dance benchmarks:

DA3C1.1  Identify one or more elements and discuss how they are used to shape a piece into a dance

DA3C1.2  Learn movement quickly and accurately through application of learning strategies

DA3C1.3  Identify and demonstrate changes made in various elements of a movement piece

DA3O1.1  Relate how the elements of dance are applied in classwork to how they are used in dance pieces

DA3O3.1  Translate words, pictures, or movements into dance to express ideas

Third Grade Dance Term 2-Science integrated into dance

Concepts-Students create a dance based on the states of water incorporating the dance concepts of tempo, spatial relationships, and energy qualities. Students will also investigate, experiment, and problem solve while choreographing a dance with specified limitations.  Students observe a dance, then choreograph a dance inspired by the movements in the observed dance.

Dance benchmarks:

  • DA3C1.3 Identify and demonstrate changes made in various elements of a movement piece
  • DA3C2.1 Apply knowledge of basic elements of dance to identify examples in a dance piece
  • DA3C3.1 Examine one element of a dance piece and judge how well it supported the given intent
  • DA3S1.3 Explore positive and negative space to increase kinesthetic awareness
  • DA3S1.4 Create dance sequences, based on everyday gestures and movements
  • DA3O3.2 Use accurate dance vocabulary to respond to and communicate about dance
  • DA3O3.3 Share, using accurate dance vocabulary, ways in which dance communicates its meaning to the audience
  • DA3H3.2 Identify connections between the skills required to learn dance and the skills needed in other learning environments

Third Grade Dance Term 3-Multicultural Dance


Students will be learning dances from various cultures

Dances-Troika from Russia and Sicilian Circle from Italy

Dance Benchmarks:

  • DA3C2.2  Share and apply feedback to improve the quality of dance movement.
  • DA3S2.2  Learn and repeat movement using observation and listening skills.
  • DA3S2.3  Practice simple dance movement on both sides or facing different directions.
  • DA3H1.1  Practice and perform folk dances using traditional music to identify similarities and differences.
  • DA3H2.1  Discuss the roles that dance has played in various folk dancing.