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Mineral Springs

Middle School




  Grade: 7
  Disciplines: Dance
Language Arts
  Description: Students study dance and anatomy and debate a frog's admission to a ballet company.



Connecting to Your Teaching

Reflect on Your Practice

  • Are integrated thematic units commonly taught in your school?
  • What obstacles to planning integrated arts units exist at your school? How might they be overcome?
  • Thinking about the personnel and resources in your school, which art forms would you be most excited about integrating into a science unit on anatomy?

Adaptations / Extensions to Consider

Scale it back: Try bringing the dance teacher into the lab to demonstrate movements or positions that students then try to duplicate with their lab specimens. Or hold auditions for “The Fauna Ballet Company” allowing students to use anatomy diagrams and their dance knowledge to determine which animals can join and what they can do. Or have students research different animal anatomies and create a routine that expresses what they can do in dance.

Connect to math: If all animals and insects were the same size, how would their abilities compare in a foot race, in a jumping contest, in weightlifting, in a dance routine?

Compare over time: Animate fossils, paleontology and the topic of evolution by exploring how muscles, joints, and bones of animal families have changed over time, examining what capabilities were lost and what capabilities were gained in the process.

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