Learning about science is easier and more fun when we put our ideas into motion. In this unit plan, students learn to create their own choreographed dances to illustrate important principles of simple machines.
Small group dance assignments include the lever, pulley, wheel-and-axle, screw, wedge, and inclined plane, with some helpful graphics and ready-to-print assignment cards.
Included are detailed instructions for guiding the lessons in the unit, a rubric for student self-assessment of their drafts and final products, and a poster on the Elements of Dance that can be enlarged and posted on the classroom wall.
Also included are the national standards in dance, science, and physical education that this unit addresses.
The PDF file is suitable for color or monochrome printing (I suggest on colored paper stock), as well as projection on a screen or smart board. Enjoy!
Simple Machines in Motion by Randy Barron
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