Dance Grade 4 Version: 2010-2011

Scholastic Area that Course Is Active In: Dance

Strand: Foundations - Fundamental concepts, principles, and skills

Technique-Identifies and demonstrates movement elements, skills, and terminology in dance
Element: D4FD.1a
Participates in warm-up activities that address balance, coordination, and kinesthetic awareness
Element: D4FD.1b
Demonstrates knowledge of introductory dance terminology and fundamental principles of dance technique
Element: D4FD.1c
Demonstrates accuracy, focus, control and coordination in performing and creating varied locomotor sequences performed to music that includes contrasts in tempos and qualities
Element: D4FD.1d
Performs smooth transitions when connecting movements
Element: D4FD.1e
Demonstrates basic use of a prop

Understands and models dance etiquette as a classroom participant, performer, and observer
Element: D4FD.2a
Demonstrates attentiveness, full participation and cooperation with others in the dance learning environment
Element: D4FD.2b
Demonstrates focus and concentration and self-discipline in the performance of skills
Element: D4FD.2c
Applies knowledge of appropriate behaviors and skills as an audience member and dance observer

Recognizes concepts of anatomy and kinesiology in movement
Element: D4FD.3a
Recognizes and identifies fundamental landmark muscles, bones, and joints using limited anatomical terminology on one's own body
Element: D4FD.3b
Exhibits alignment and placement both in place and while moving
Element: D4FD.3c
Explores and sequences movement options with body parts, body halves, and the body in planes in space

Understands and applies music concepts to dance
Element: D4FD.4a
Recognizes difference between meters of 2 or 4 (duple) and 3 (triple)
Element: D4FD.4b
Recognizes different musical styles and genres through listening and dancing to music from various parts of the world
Element: D4FD.4c
Recognizes and identifies principles of musicality in dance

Strand: Creating - Expression of ideas, experiences, feelings, and images

Demonstrates an understanding of creative and choreographic principles, processes, and structures
Element: D4CR.1a
Explores and refines partnering skills
Element: D4CR.1b
Demonstrates a variety of structures, forms, and designs (e.g., AB, ABA, canon, call-response, narrative, complimentary/contrasting shapes, symmetry)
Element: D4CR.1c
Applies dance technique principles to the choreographic context
Element: D4CR.1d
Develops versatility through experimentation with various movement approaches
Element: D4CR.1e
Implements the use of props within the choreography

Demonstrates an understanding of dance as a way to communicate meaning
Element: D4CR.2a
Compares and contrasts abstract and literal movement
Element: D4CR.2b
Implements the use of props within the choreography
Element: D4CR.2c
Understands how theatrical elements, such as costuming and lighting, contribute to the meaning of the dance

Strand: Response - Reflection, analysis, and evaluation

Demonstrates critical and creative thinking in all apsects of dance
Element: D4RE.1a
Critiques movement qualities and choreography using the elements of dance (e.g., spatial design, variety, contrast, clear structure)
Element: D4RE.1b
Observes and critiques dance performances using specified criteria and appropriate dance terminology
Element: D4RE.1c
Develops and communicates personal interpretation of a choregraphed work
Element: D4RE.1d
Discusses the experience of performing a choreographed work
Element: D4RE.1e
Describes the similarities and differences between observing live and recorded dance performance
Element: D4RE.1f
Engages in self-reflection as creator and performer
Element: D4RE.1g
Engages in self-assessment as creator and performer

Strand: Connections - Exchanging and relating ideas, experiences, and meanings

Demonstrates and understands dance in various cultures and historical periods
Element: D4CO.1a
Identifies the role of dance in personal, community, or regional heritage
Element: D4CO.1b
Participates in a dance from a personal, community, or regional heritage
Element: D4CO.1c
Demonstrates an understanding of the role of dance in various cultures
Element: D4CO.1d
Participates in dance activities representing various cultures
Element: D4CO.1e
Identifies a correlation between historical periods and styles of dance
Element: D4CO.1f
Recognizes the reason for dance in other cultures (e.g., "Why we dance?")
Element: D4CO.1g
Describes the similarities and differences in various dance styles (e.g., ballet, jazz, tap, folk)

Demonstrates an understanding of dance as it relates to wellness
Element: D4CO.2a
Understands how health and nutrition enhance dance ability
Element: D4CO.2b
Defines the elements of personal safety in dance
Element: D4CO.2c
Demonstrates respect for one's well being and the well being of others
Element: D4CO.2d
Explores how dance builds physical and emotional well being (positive body image, physical goals, creative goals, focus/concentration)
Element: D4CO.2e
Explores how time-management, listening, problem-solving, and team work skills are used with others in composing, rehearsing, and performing

Integrates the use of technology and new media
Element: D4CO.3a
Demonstrates a personal understanding of dance as an art form through the use of media and technology, alone and with others
Element: D4CO.3b
Explores technological tools related to performance (e.g., lighting, sound)
Element: D4CO.3c
Explores an awareness of new media resources available to create and communicate about dance

Demonstrates an understanding of dance as it relates to other areas of knowledge
Element: D4CO.4a
Compares and contrasts dance to other art forms
Element: D4CO.4b
Explores commonalities of essential concepts shared between dance and other subject areas

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