|Grade span:||K to 3|
Description:This lesson is one example of how you can implement the practice of Involving Families and Communities. In this activity, you will organize a cultural dance festival to help students and parents learn more about the dances of various cultures.
- Learn about the dances of various cultures
- Involve parents and community members in afterschool learning
- Audio/visual equipment (varies by performance)
- Materials for creating flyers and posters (poster board, markers, computer)
- Materials for decorating performance space
- Consider your resources (budget, volunteers, etc.). Choose a theme for your music festival, keeping in mind the cultures that are important to your students. For example:
- Today Is World Dance Day (April 29)
- Mi Mundo Merengue: A Celebration of Latin-American Dance
- Festival of Family Folk Dances
- The Big Blue Ballroom: A Celebration of World Dance
- Gather and identify a group of parent volunteers and community members to help plan the event.
- Identify and assign tasks (recruitment, logistics, festival publicity, etc.).
- Recruit parents and community members to share and perform folk music related to their particular cultures.
- Prepare a detailed schedule, agenda, and active contact sheet for the performers.
- Reserve the necessary space and equipment for the selected date.
What to Do:
- Set up performance/booth areas as needed.
- Welcome parents/volunteers and direct them to the appropriate locations.
- Oversee, coordinate, and introduce the performances and demonstrations as needed.
- Thank all volunteers, participants, and guests.
- Break down performance/booth areas.
- Evaluate the event (optional).
Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):
- Parent and student participation and involvement
- Student participation in various dance activities
- Students' learning about and appreciating the dances of various cultures
- Performances that honor the dances of various cultures
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