Weather on the Move Workshops for Students
Learning Activity 1: Sphere’s Density Dance 

Focusing on the structure of the earth's atmosphere, this lesson introduces the concepts of layering, air density, and particles and relates these directly to dance concepts of level, kinesphere, and shape. Participants use movement skills to learn and communicate information about the structure of the atmosphere.

Students will:
  • Relate their own personal body space to the concept of spheres, and specifically, the atmosphere.
  • Identify the three basic levels of space and relate them to the layers of the atmosphere.
  • Examine and experience the making of body shapes.
  • Use movement and dance as a means of communicating information.
  • Identify particles in space and changes in air density.
  • Explore the basic composition structures of motif, variation, and canon.

Next Generation Science Standards
  • 5-PS1-1. Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.
  • 5-ESS2-1. Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.

National Core Dance Standards
  • Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work. Manipulate or modify a variety of choreographic devices to expand choreographic possibilities and develop a main idea. Explain reasons for movement choices.

Common Core State Standards  
  • ELA/Literacy – RI.5.9 Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably. 
  • W.5.8 Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.

Go to Learning Activity 2: Kaleidoscopic Cloud Dance 
Go to Learning Activity 3: Dancing Winds

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