Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

Subject Area

Arts Education




Students will move to a variety of music and prompt from the book My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss. One group of students will move while another group is the audience.  They will reflect on how the colors represent emotions and identify movements to match the emotions.  

    Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): KG - Dance


    Illustrate an idea, feeling, or image through improvised movement.

    Unpacked Content



    • locomotor
    • non-locomotor
    • non-locomotor vs locomotor movements
    • elements of dance
    • choreography
    • improvisation
    • structure
    • concepts and inspiration for choreography
    • feedback and revision
    • notation

    Essential Questions

    EU: The elements of dance, dance structures, and choreographic devices serve as both a foundation and a departure point for choreographers.
    EQ: What influences choice-making in creating choreography?

    Skills Examples

    • Demonstrate locomotor and non-locomotor movements (i.e., running, skipping, twisting, falling).
    • Identify elements of movement that are personally difficult to perform and discuss how this impacts movement choice in choreography.
    • Identify how it feels to perform the same movement fast and slow.
    • Create a connected shape, improvise while disconnected, and finish back in original connected shape.
    • Perform improvised movement based on a famous painting.
    • Identify how the movement changes if an element is performed differently, such as taking the movement from a high level to a low level.
    • Create three movements and develop a symbol to go with each (such as ⟲ for turn).

    Anchor Standards

    Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
    Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): KG - Dance


    Dance for and with others in designated space.

    Unpacked Content



    • Elements of Dance
    • Space
    • Tempo/ Speed
    • Energy
    • Basic movement qualities
    • Embody
    • Body Pattern
    • Shape
    • Locomotor/ Non-locomotor
    • Same side vs cross body
    • Spatial Awareness
    • General Space
    • Personal Space
    • Safety Principles in movement
    • Space
    • Prop

    Essential Questions

    EU: Dance performance is an interaction between performer, production elements, and audience that heightens and amplifies artistic expression.
    EQ: How does a dancer heighten artistry in a public performance?

    Skills Examples

    • Explore shape examples: discuss what objects are straight. Show examples of said objects with the body (straight, curved, bent/ angled, size: big/ small).
    • Respond to music or other sound stimuli with free movement that matches varying tempo: fast, slow, moderate.
      • Engage in "freeze dance": respond to music or other sound stimuli through movement with varying tempo changes. When music/ stimuli pause, freeze in called out shape, size or level.
    • Observe and demonstrate movement qualities, such as hard/ heavy or soft/light, smooth or wavy, and slow or jerky.
      • Practice actions using varied movement qualities: stomp (hard), float (soft).
    • Demonstrate same side and cross-body locomotor and non-locomotor movements.
    • Display an awareness of physical space and apply principles of safety when sharing space with others in activities, formations and explorations.
      • Hold hands and form group shape formations.
      • Use locomotor movement (skip, hop, crawl, etc.) to travel in a group shape.
    • Discuss how we use space safely. Practice using safety principles discussed.
    • Demonstrate full body movement sequence through observation, demonstration, and repetition.
      • Practice learned sequence of heel, together right and left, and marching in place.
    • Practice and perform dance with others in the safety of classroom, gym or outside space.
    • Use a scarf to improvise flowing or staccato movement.

    Anchor Standards

    Anchor Standard 6: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
    Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): KG - Dance


    Identify an emotion that is experienced when watching, improvising, or performing dance and relate it to a personal experience.

    Unpacked Content



    • Relate personal experience to dance.
    • Integrate other art disciplines in dance.
    • Elements of Dance
    • Dance Literacy

    Essential Questions

    EU: As dance is experienced, all personal experiences, knowledge, and context are integrated and synthesized to interpret meaning.
    EQ: How does dance deepen our understanding of ourselves, other knowledge, and events around us?

    Skills Examples

    • Recognize how dancers interact with each other and their emotions when they dance together.
    • Utilize texture in a painting to inspire movement quality.
    • Describe the levels created by peers in an improvisation or dance phrase.

    Anchor Standards

    Anchor Standard 10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences.
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    Brigham Young University

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