Objective: Children will explore musical tempo as it relates to fast and slow animal movements, and they will participate in movement activities matching musical tempo.
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Note: Before beginning the lesson, place a line of tape at opposite ends of the dance space.
Tempo is the speed of a piece of music. Tempo can be fast or slow, or it can be in-between. The speed of a piece of music can change as the music progresses. How a piece of music sounds and feels can be different and depends on the pace or speed of the music—the tempo.
Animals move in many different ways, depending on where they live and how they are built. Animals can crawl, hop, walk, run, swim, fly, leap, and a number of other manner of movements. Animals that have shorter legs usually move more slowly than animals with longer legs.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.