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“Teach Kids About China – Let's Dance the Lion Dance and Dragon Dance" is an engaging, participatory world cultures lesson about China for kids that invites them to experience Chinese new year dancing. Kids will learn about the Chinese new year and meet the arts of Lion Dancing and Dragon Dancing, getting an inside glimpse at what the performers are doing beneath their colorful costumes as they make magic in the streets.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a step-by-step "How to do the Lion Dance and Dragon Dance" lesson. The goal of this lesson is to provide the tools for you to treat your students to their very first introduction to Chinese new year dancing and to inspire you and even your youngest students to get up and dance together. You're not going to learn complex footwork; the mission is to enjoy the experience together. Ideally the lesson will be the first step on your and your students' road to further Chinese cultural exploration.
All Around This World is a global music and world cultures program that introduces kids and their grown-ups to the world using enlivening international rhythms and movement. Subscribe to "All Around This World" through http://www.Patreon.com/AllAroundThisWorld and receive weekly full online classes and interactive pdf lessons for your family or classroom.
No materials, foreknowledge of China or dance ability necessary. Imagination and an open mind required.
-- Interactive PDF with background information introducing China and links to teacher training video and All Around This World's “Teach Kids About the Lion Dance and Dragon Dance” video.
-- In the “How to Teach Kids About the Lion Dance and Dragon Dance” video, All Around This World founder and lead teacher Jay Sand introduces you lightly to the Chinese New Year and suggests ways to share the lesson with kids, from infants-in-arms to 9 year-olds. In case you feel less than confident about singing and dancing with your students, the video includes a section with Jay teaching the lesson directly to kids. ** Teacher training video is on Vimeo.com. Please make sure you can access Vimeo videos before you buy the lesson.
-- Sections include: Vocabulary/Terms, Discussion/Projects, Learning Outcome/Goal, Materials, Assessment
-- Printable summary of lesson for kids to take home (both color and back and white)
-- Common core and standards information (“National Council for Social Studies” “National Standards for Music Education”)
All Around This World lessons are a small part of Jay Sand's independently crafted, mission-driven educational project that includes:
-- weekly online classes (Jay makes a new class available each week for families and schools to share with their students)
-- Award-winning multilingual CDs such as All Around This World: Latin America and All Around This World: Africa
-- the All Around This World website, with over 1,000 pages that introduce kids and their families to music and culture from every inhabited continent
-- parent-child classes, family-friendly concerts and school workshops and always much more...
This lesson is licensed for use in one classroom or for one family, or for use by a "traveling" teacher (such as a music teacher who visits several classrooms in a school). Multiple licenses are available at a 50% discount.