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Background For Teachers:
This activity will be presented when patterns are discussed in math. The students will observe that patterns exist in the areas of music and dance. Students will be able to follow the repeating patterns of the line dance.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Introduce the right foot: heel, toe, heel, toe. Then left foot: heel, toe, heel, toe. Add the grapevine: step right foot out, bring left foot behind, step right foot out, bring left foot together with right foot. Repeat to the left: left foot out, right foot behind, step left foot out, bring right foot together with left foot. So this several times.
Add music. Now add all the steps: heel, toe, grapevine.
Now teach the 1-2-3-4 step. Right foot back, bring left foot to right foot (put together) step right foot back, bring left foot to right foot. Repeat the pattern several times. Add all the patterns up to this point.
Do this without music, then with music. If the students are doing well and can handle more, add the l-2-3-4 slap step. This is done by slapping the floor with the right foot, turn 1/4 turn to the right (scoop with the right foot), stomp with the left foot, clap hands. This is tricky, so practice until they have it. Add to other steps with music.
This can be done as a whole class where they all find a space on the floor, or in the lines. The goal is to have all the lines moving together.
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