Thanks to the popularity of shows such as ‘Dancing with the Stars’, dancing has seen a revival. It has become a hot topic, as families tune in to watch household celebrities tango, waltz and bolero their way across the dancefloor.
Even if your students aren’t fans of such shows, many enjoy dance and will like learning about its different forms. In doing so, it will open their eyes to the wide variety of creative expression that dancing has to offer.
The ‘Shall we Dance’ trivia quiz consists of a description that relates to a particular type of dancing. At the bottom of the sheet, there is a box of potential answers that match each description. Students must choose a style of dance from this box and match it to the correct description. There is a column titled ‘name’ where they can write their answers. The activity also comes with a helpful answer sheet. Very useful for those teachers who can’t tell their left foot from their right.
The activity brings dancing to the classroom and is suitable for many purposes. Great for a morning starter or a short time filler. Or for those moments that teachers dread, when something interferes with a PE lesson and they have to rustle up a theory lesson instead. This activity could be a springboard to a classroom based Physical Education lesson on dance.
How to use ‘Shall we Dance’:
- Print the ‘Shall we Dance’ activity sheet and hand it out to your students.
- Ask them to fill in the answers by matching the description to a dance.
- Record their answers in the column titled ‘name’.
- If they can’t find the answers to all the descriptions, have a reference tool handy (books, tablet, computer etc), so they can research the answers.
- Finally, provide them with the answers. They can mark their own or peer assess.
Extension Activities and Fun Ideas:
- A theory based Physical Ed lesson is rarely a student’s favourite, but they can be great opportunities to study technique at a deeper level. There are plenty of videos online of different forms of dance. Plan a lesson where students watch and study a variety of dances analysing and critiquing them as they go.
Ask questions such as: How does this form of dance make you feel? What emotions are being conveyed? What do you notice about the footwork? What is the upper body doing?
Afterwards, use the ‘Shall we Dance’ as research stimulus. Ask students to research the different types of dance and find out as much information on them as possible. The activity sheet would also make a good homework task to follow up a theory lesson.
- Trivia activities are great team building exercises. Split the class into groups and set them the challenge to complete the sheet. They will have to work collaboratively to discuss their ideas and research the answers they don’t know.
- The activity would be a great chance to use the 3 B’s concept in your class. The idea is to encourage students to become independent and resourceful learners. The 3 B’s stand for Brain (first use your brain – Do you know the answer?), Book (can you find the answer in a book?), Buddy (ask a classmate or a buddy).
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