Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): 1 - Dance


Select and demonstrate several movements in a dance and explain why they were chosen.

Unpacked Content

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

  • Perform a dance to express the coming of spring.
  • Utilize shapes and movements of the body to improvise the metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly.
  • Utilize dance to show a plant's life cycle.
  • Utilize shapes to create a setting for a story.
  • Demonstrate the shapes and movement of a dance that was performed at school or in the community.
  • Identify attributes of cultural dance that was taught in class.


  • Elements of Dance
  • Connect dance to a familiar experience.
  • Connect dance to an illustrated story.
  • Elements of dance
  • Cultural Movement Practices
  • Dance Literacy

Anchor Standards

Anchor Standard 10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences.