School Improvement in Maryland

Dance Grade K State Curriculum

August 5, 2008
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The Pencil icon represents key indicators of the MMSR Kindergarten Assessment.

Standard 1.0 Perceiving, Performing, and Responding: Aesthetic Education

Students will demonstrate the ability to perceive, perform, and respond to dance.
For more Kindergarten assessment information view the Fall Exemplars and Spring Exemplars .

Topic

A. Perceiving, Performing, and Responding: Aesthetic Education

Indicator

Objectives

  1. Identify and demonstrate basic locomotor and non-locomotor movements that communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings
  2. Combine selected characteristics of the elements of dance, such as body parts and positions, shapes, levels, directions, general and personal space, energy, and tempo, and use sensory stimuli to create movement

Indicator

  • AssessedWSS VI A2 Participates in creative movement, dance, and drama.

Objectives

  1. Demonstrate locomotor and non-locomotor movements using kinesthetic awareness
  2. Demonstrate balance and timing in directed movement experiences
  3. Associate selected dance movements with specific dance genres
  4. Execute memorized movement phrases

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  • 3. Respond to dance through observation, experience, and analysis
  • AssessedWSS VI B1 Responds to artistic creations or events.

Objectives

  1. Apply the language of dance to observed movement from different genres
  2. Select specific movements and describe their purposes


Standard 2.0 Historical, Cultural, and Social Context

Students will demonstrate an understanding of dance as an essential aspect of history and human experience.
For more Kindergarten assessment information view the Fall Exemplars and Spring Exemplars .

Topic

A. Historical, Cultural, and Social Context

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Objectives

  1. View selected dances from a variety of cultures and identify their purposes
  2. Perform selected traditional dances from various cultures using a variety of formations and partnering

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  • 2. Relate dance to history, society, and personal experience

Objectives

  1. View and discuss selected contemporary and historical dance styles from other times and places, label them as old or new, and tell why
  2. Create movements that express contrasting moods

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  • 3. Demonstrate understanding of the relationships between and among dance and other content areas

Objective

  1. Explore ways line, shape, time, and movement are used in dance and other content areas


Standard 3.0 Creative Expression and Production

Students will demonstrate the ability to create and perform dance.
For more Kindergarten assessment information view the Fall Exemplars and Spring Exemplars .

Topic

A. Creative Expression and Production

Indicator

Objectives

  1. Improvise movements in response to teacher and self-initiated stimuli
  2. Improvise variations on given movement patterns through manipulation of body and space
  3. Interpret ideas from stories, poems, or songs, using improvisation

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Objectives

  1. Communicate movement ideas using combinations of the elements of dance
  2. Demonstrate movement effects using repetition and sequence
  3. Use choreographic forms, such as narrative and theme and variation, to communicate ideas through dance movement

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Objectives

  1. Describe how awareness of space affects dance presentation
  2. Complete simple dances from beginning to end incorporating an awareness of space in relationship to other dancers and the performance area


Standard 4.0 Aesthetics and Criticism

Students will demonstrate the ability to make aesthetic judgments in dance.
For more Kindergarten assessment information view the Fall Exemplars and Spring Exemplars .

Topic

A. Aesthetics and Criticism

Indicator

  • 1. Identify and apply criteria to evaluate choreography and performance

Objectives

  1. Recognize and describe selected aesthetic principles, such as repetition, unity, variety, and sequence, in dance performances
  2. Recognize selected characteristics of the elements of dance, such as body parts and positions, shapes and levels, tempo, directions, general and personal space, and percussive and sustained energy, in performances
  3. Identify conventions of audience etiquette and how they relate to dance performances


August 5, 2008