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Soul Train Meets Common Core

This workshop provides participants with an innovative way to reinforce language arts and math concepts using the artistic modalities of creative movement and dance.  As part of the workshop, participants are exposed to (1) research explaining why creative movement/dance enhances learning and retention (2) creative movement elements which provide a language framework for the activity, (3) specific strategies that can be used for successful implementation of the activity (4) connections to the multiple intelligences and brain compatibility, and (5) intersections with math and common core standards. Teachers are actively involved as they engage in realistic academic exploration and practice via critical thinking and decision-making processes. The workshop also provides opportunities to try out a variety of concepts as well as specific adaptations and extensions that might be used.


Common Core Standards Addressed


CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1e Use adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1e Form and use the simple (e.g., I walked; I walk; I will walk) verb tenses

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.1b Form and use the progressive (e.g., I was walking; I am walking; I will be walking) verb tenses.

CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.A.2 Correctly name and reason with shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.

CCSS.Math.Content.3.NF.A.3a Understand two fractions as equivalent (equal) if they are the same size, or the same point on a number line.

CCSS.Math.Content.3.NF.A.3b Recognize and generate simple equivalent fractions, e.g., 1/2 = 2/4, 4/6 = 2/3. Explain why the fractions are equivalent, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.

CCSS.Math.Content.3.NF.A.3c Express whole numbers as fractions, and recognize fractions that are equivalent to whole numbers. Examples: Express 3 in the form 3 = 3/1; recognize that 6/1 = 6; locate 4/4 and 1 at the same point of a number line diagram




By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain why creative movement/dance enhances learning.

  • use language pertaining to creative movement and dance

  • make connections to the multiple intelligences and brain-compatibility

  • successfully identify intersections with common core standards

  • implement the activity with specific adaptations and extensions


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