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Name of Activity:

Starships Line Dance

Purpose of Activity:

To encourage students to enjoy dancing, to learn basic dance steps and to move to the beat of the music.

Prerequisites:

Practice with other basic line dances, how to count and follow an 8 count beat, how to stay spaced out from other students.

Suggested Grade Level:

3-5

Materials Needed:

Make a poster with the order of the dance steps posted on the front wall.

Recommended music:

"Starships" (Track 3) from Kidz Bop 22

Beginning dance formation:

Students are spread out forming lines horizontally and vertically.

Description of Idea

Hold for 6 counts of 8. Begin the dance when the singing starts:

First 8 Count:
Step right, touch left and pump right arm in the air (1-2)
Step left, touch right and pump left arm in the air (3-4)
Step right, touch left and pump right arm in the air (5-6)
Step left, touch right and pump left arm in the air (7-8)

Second 8 Count:
Walk forward R, L, R, together (clap on 4) (1-4)
Walk backward L, R, L , together (clap on 8) (5-8)

Third 8 Count:
Step right, touch left and pump right arm in the air (1-2)
Step left, touch right and pump left arm in the air (3-4)
Step right, touch left and pump right arm in the air (5-6)
Step left, touch right and pump left arm in the air (7-8)

Fourth 8 Count:
Walk forward R, L, R, together (clap on 4) (1-4)
Walk backward L, R, L, together (clap on 8) (5-8)

Fifth 8 Count:
Grapevine right(step, behind, step, together) (1-4)
Wave hands in air left, right,left, right (5-8)

Sixth 8 Count:
Grapevine left (step, behind, step, together) (1-4)
Wave hands in air right, left, right, left (5-8)

Seventh 8 Count:
Jump diagonally forward to the right(1) & clap(2) (1-2)
Jump diagonally forward to the left(3) & clap (4) (3-4)
Jump diagonally forward to the right(5) & clap (6) (5-6)
Jump diagonally forward to the left(7) & clap (8) (7-8)

Eighth 8 count:
Stomp Right foot out to side (1-2)
Stomp Left foot out to side (3-4)
Jump (4x) with feet together moving back to starting spot (5-8)

Variations:

Students could make up their own final 8 count before the dance repeats.

Younger students can do a step touch instead of grapevine.

Students could add a 1/4 turn on the last 4 jumps and repeat the dance to a different wall.

Assessment Ideas:

Observe students as they are dancing to see if they are following the cues and 8 count beat.

Ask a group of students about (5-6) at a time to lead the dance and say the cues out loud.

Ask students to feel their pulse both before and after the dance. They can be asked to share one benefit that dance has on the cardio-respiratory system.

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Submitted by Kelly Hale who teaches at Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Wilmington, DE. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 3/10/2013.

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Kim

Do you have plans on adding a video soon?

Summer Wetherington

This lesson is great! I have this cd and my students love this song! I was looking for a dance to introduce line dancing in my classroom that would be exciting and this one is awesome!!