Dances for an Expanding Universe Workshops for Students
The sun is in me,
pale morning flames
setting my still-sleeping
The moon is in me,
sad silver beams
painting my dreams
From The Sun in Me
by Moira Andrew
Learning Activities: Grades 5 – 8
Newton’s Laws of Motion / The Gravity Dance Improvisation - Activity #2
Description of Learning Activity
- Create a simple Gravity Dance Structured Improvisation based on Newton’s Laws of Inertia, and Universal Gravitation.
- Use their bodies to kinesthetically communicate concepts related to Newton’s First Law of Motion and Universal Gravitation.
- Make a connection between the dance concepts of kinesphere, spatial awareness, and pathway to communicate information about gravity and orbiting masses.
Next Generation Science Standards
- MS-PS2-1. Apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.
- MS-PS2-2. Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.
- MS-ESS1-2. Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.
National Core Dance Standards
- Anchor Standard 10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art. Investigate two contrasting topics using a variety of research methods. Identify and organize ideas to create representative movement phrases. Create a dance study exploring the contrasting ideas. Discuss how the research informed the choreographic process and deepens understanding of the topics.
Common Core State Standards
- ELA/Literacy –RST.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions
- WHST.6-8.7 Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related,
- focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
- Mathematics –MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
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