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Dance
Early Childhood Thematic Program

Books:

Dillon, Leo & Diane
Rap a Tap Tap Here's Bojangles - Think of That!
In illustrations and rhyme describes the dancing of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, one of the most famous tap dancers of all time.
 
Roberts, Brenda C.
Jazzy Miz Mozetta
On a beautiful evening, Miz Mozetta puts on her red dress and blue shoes and dances the jitterbug just like she did many years before.
 
Walton, Rick
How Can You Dance?
Rhyming text explores the many ways one can dance, like the leader of a marching band, like a crab on a sunny day, like a tree as it waves in the breeze.
 
 

Vocabulary:

Jitterbug (noun) - a dance consisting of a few standardized steps with twirls, splits, and somersaults; popular in the early 1940s and performed to boogie-woogie and swing

 

Activities

"Chicken Dance"

2009 Summer Reading manual
Music and lyrics can be found at www.kiddyhouse.com/Farm/Chicken

How to do the Chicken Dance:
  • Form children in a circle.
  • Four chicken beaks. (Hands in front of you. Touch thumb and fingers together like a chicken beak.)
  • Four flaps. (Arms go up and down, elbows bent.)
  • Four wiggles. (Hips and knees bend low.)
  • Four claps.
  • Hold hands and move in a circle when the music slows.
  • Repeat the steps above when the music changes back to the first sequence.
 

"Hokey Pokey"

2009 Summer Reading manual
Music and lyrics can be found at NIEHS Kids Pages

How to do the Hokey Pokey:
  • You put your right hand in,
  • You put your right hand out,
  • You put your right hand in,
  • And you shake it all about,
  • You do the hokey pokey
  • and you turn yourself around
  • That what it's all about.

Continue with
2) left hand
3) right foot
4) left foot
5) head
6) butt
7) whole self

 

"Bunny Hop"

2009 Summer Reading manual
Music and lyrics can be found at NIEHS Kids Pages

How to do the Bunny Hop:
  • Everyone puts hands on the hips/shoulders of the person in front of them.
  • Move your right foot out twice.
  • Move your left foot out twice.
  • Jump forward (Feet together)
  • Jump backward (Feet together)
  • Hop, hop, hop
  • Repeat the steps until the song is over.
 

Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood:

  • PH 10.4 D Demonstrate coordination of body movements
  • PH 10.4 F Combine a sequence of large motor skills
  • RL 1.6 B Follow simple and multiple - step directions