Elementary Dance Grades K-2

Kindergarten Dance Term 1-Barnyard Dance


Book-Cock-a-Doodle-Doo, Barnyard Hullabaloo by Giles Andreae and Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton

Click the link to view the book Barnyard Dance, 

Concepts-exploring movement using non-locomotor and locomotor movement with farm animals, characters, and objects on a farm

Dance benchmarks: 

  • DAKS1.1  Discover movement through exploration, creativity, and imitation
  • DAKS1.2  Discover new ways to move by using imitation and imagery
  • DAKS2.1  Follow classroom directions
  • DAKS2.2  Retain simple sequences and accurate dance vocabulary over time
  • DAKS3.1  Refine gross and fine loco-motor skills through repetition
  • DAKS3.3  Develop kinesthetic awareness by maintaining personal space and moving in pathways through space

 Kindergarten Dance Term 2- "What time is it Mr. Crocodile?"

Book- What time is it Mr. Crocodile?-by Judy Sierra

Concepts-students explore movement concepts using shapes, animals, telling time, and objects in the story

Dance benchmarks:

  • DAKS3.2  Imitate simple exercises to strengthen and stretch the body
  • DAKS3.4  Move to various musical accompaniments, responding to changes in tempo
  • DAKO3.1  Use movement to express a feeling, idea, or story
  • DAKO3.2  Respond to dance through movement and words

Kindergarten Dance Term 3-Multicultural Dance

Students will be learning dances from different cultures.

Dances- Students will be learning the folk dances, Tant Hessie from South Africa and the Sur le Pont D'Avignon from France.

Dance benchmarks:

  • DAKH1.1  Dance to music from a wide range of cultures
  • DAKF3.1  Follow classroom instructions given by the teacher

First Grade Dance Term 1-Carnival of the Animals

Book-Carnival of the Animals by Saint Saens 

Concepts-non-locomotor and locomotor using the animals and the music concepts in the story 

Dance Benchmarks:

  •  DA1S1.1 Discover movement through exploration, creativity, self-discovery, and experimentation
  •  DA1S1.2 Explore how body parts move using imitation and imagery
  •  DA1S2.1 Listen attentively and follow directions when learning movement skills and sequences
  •  DA1S3.2 Repeat simple body movements to strengthen and stretch the body
  •  DA1S3.3 Practice moving body parts in and through space to develop coordination
  •  DA1S3.5 Explore, manipulate, and manage concepts of personal and general space by moving in different levels and directions
  •  DA1O1.1 Experiment with given elements to develop knowledge of characteristics


First Grade Dance Term 2- Down by the Cool of the Pool

Book-Down by the Cool of the Pool  by Tony Mitton

Concepts-how each movement involves relationships, space, time, and force using the animals in the story

Dance benchmarks:

  • DA1C2.1  Make movement choices, using one or more given elements to complete a short phrase
  • DA1S3.1  Imitate basic body postures and maintain a pose in a held stance
  • DA1S3.5  Explore, manipulate, and manage concepts of self-space by moving in different levels and directions
  • DA1F1.1  Create dances which imitate animated shapes, animals, storybook characters
  • DA1F3.1  Follow directions given by teacher or by peers in small groups

First Grade Dance Term 3-Multicultural Dance

Students will be learning dances from different cultures

Dances-they will be learning the folk dances, Scottische from Scotland and the Sur le Pont d'Avignon from France

Dance Benchmarks:

  • DA1H1.1  Practice children's dances from around the world
  • DA1H3.1  Perform movement that infuses music, language, and numbers
  • DA1S3.4  Demonstrate acuity in transferring given rhythmic patterns from the aural to the kinesthetic

Second Grade Dance Term 1-Rhythm stick dance

Theme-"Dancing to the beat with more than our feet"

Concepts-Rhythm, loco-motor movements, directions, focus, and props

Dance benchmarks:

  •  DA2C1.2 Demonstrate listening, observing, and following skills while learning dance movements
  •  DA2C2.1 Decide which two movements will express a desired result
  •  DA2S2.1 Demonstrate focus and concentration while listening to instructions and observing others' movement
  •  DA2S2.2 Demonstrate simple dance sequences to show memorization and presentation skills
  •  DA2S2.3 Follow and repeat movement on opposite sides of the body


Second Grade Dance Term 2-Hula hoop dance/parachute dance

Theme-"Working together always makes it better"

Concepts-Working in small groups to learn a dance which incorporates hula hoops. Working in a large group to learn a dance with a parachute.  Students will also be working on right-left recognition, coordination between body parts and hand-eye coordination.

Dance benchmarks:

  • DA2S1.1  Demonstrate basic movement through kinesthetic exploration
  • DA2S1.2  Explore dance sequences by creating images that move through space
  • DA2S3.2  Perform bending and reaching exercises to increase strength, stamina, and range of motion
  • DA2S3.3  Repeat given movements to show coordination between body parts
  • DA2O1.1  Identify the elements of dance in planned pieces to show early awareness of structure

Second Grade Dance Term 3-How Does Your Garden Groove?

Concepts-learning choreography to create a dance and music production about the garden.

Students will have an opportunity to perform on the Garden Stage in front of a live audience. 

Dance benchmarks:

  • DA2S1.3  Follow body part initiation through space to increase kinesthetic awareness.
  • DA2S3.1  Replicate basic body positions with clear body lines and correct alignment.
  • DA2O2.1 Change the feeling, meaning, or look of a movement phrase by altering the elements.
  • DA2H3.1  Create a dance phrase using numbers, shapes, or patterns.
  • DA2H3.2  Describe connections between creating in dance and other content areas.
  • DA2F1.1  Create dances that interpret imagined characters.
  • DA2F3.1  Follow directions given by the teacher and work successfully in small groups.