TEL Lesson Plan
Folk Dancing Makes the World Go Round

Grade Level: 5
Subject: Fine Arts/Arts Education:Dance
Time Frame: 2 to 3 class periods


Students will research a folk dance and present their results both orally and in a poster.

Databases/Other Resources

Junior Edition, Wikipedia


Students will be divided into groups of 3 or 4. They will select a folk dance from a list provided by their teacher. Each group will research their dance and create a poster that includes a description of the dance and information on its history. Groups will make an oral presentation of their findings.


Steps for Teacher

1.  Teacher will introduce students to folk dances and their cultural importance.

2.  Teacher will divide the class into groups of 3 or 4 students and discuss .

2.  Each group will choose a folk dance from a list provided by the teacher.

Steps for Librarian


Steps for Student

1. Each group will search InfoTrac Junior Edition and/or Wikipedia to find the following information and make a poster that includes the information:

2.  Each group will  give an oral presentation of their poster to the class.


Related Activities

1.  Students can search YouTube  and watch videos of  the various folk dances.

2.  Using books such as Rita Storey's Irish Dancing: And Other National Dances, students can learn and demonstrate folk dances.


Content Standards

Fine Arts--Dance

Standard 5.0 Cultural/Historical

Students will demonstrate and understand dance in various cultures and historical periods.


Learning Expectations/Grade Level Expectations

Standard 5.0 Cultural/Historical

Learning Expecations:

The student will:

5.1 Research and perform a folk or social dance from a chosen culture.

5.2 Compare dances from two different cultures and explain how each is reflective of its culture.

5.3 Discuss the basic evolution of a dance form.


Performance Indicators State

Standard 5.0 Cultural/Historical

Performance Indicators:

The student is able to:

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3


Teacher will develop a rubric to assess:

ISTE Computer Literacy and Usage Standards

3. Research and Information Fluency

Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students: 

a. plan strategies to guide inquiry.
b.locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
c.evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
d. process data and report results.

4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:

a.identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
b.plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
c.collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
d.use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner

1. Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.

1.1.4 Find, evaluate, and select appropriate sources to answer questions.

1.1.6 Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital) in order to make inferences and gather meaning.