If you say the word "dance" to a group of middle schools students, one of two things can happen:
1.) the dancers will be ecstatic
2.) complete shut down/won't participate
But call it a rhythmic movement, and watch how creative your students can be.
In this packet are 6 lessons (2 per grade) for my Creative Rhythmic Movement Unit. Every lesson works on understanding and moving to an eight count.
6th grade: Lesson 1: Cardio kickboxing
Lesson 2: Create a 4 move using an eight count
7th grade: Lesson 1: Step aerobics (three moves to an eight count)
Lesson 2: Step aerobics (six moves to an eight count)
8th grade: Lesson 1: 4 sports moves to an eight count
Lesson 2: 4 moves with equipment to an eight count