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Peter Pan Lesson Plan

Author: Jana Shumway

Year: 2015

Artform: Dance

Subjects: Language Art

Grade: 1st

Duration: 45 minutes

Overview: First grade students will dance the classic story of Peter Pan. They will understand the characters, adventures, key details and central message of the story.

Standards and Objectives

DANCE STANDARD 2:
The student will identify and demonstrate movement elements (time, space, energy and motion) in performing dance.

DANCE STANDARD 3:
The student will improvise, create, perform, and respond to movement solutions in the art form of dance.
1ST GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS:
READING LITERATURE STANDARD 2:
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

READING: LITERATURE STANDARD 9:
Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.
First grade students will begin to understand key details in the classic story of Peter Pan through dance. They will also recognize main characters and adventures that take place in the story.


TEACHING AND TIMELINE

INTRODUCTION

No introduction. Just start dancing the sections of the story listed below.

DEMONSTRATION & WORK PERIOD

SLEEPING

Have the children lie down and go to sleep as they listen to the “Main Title.”

SHADOWS

After the song ends run to them and ask several children if they have seen your shadow. Look around for your shadow for a while then slowly enter the room with the one spot light (or turn off the lights and turn on the one spot light). “Oh there’s my shadow!” Have the children follow your movement as you dance while watching your shadow (and the children’s shadows). Play your drum during this section. Make your shadows: leap, jump, disappear, become crooked, straight, round, have only legs, have dancing arms, etc. Finally sneak up and catch your shadow. Carry it back to the room with the lights on (or turn the lights on). Try putting it on with soap then realize you must sew it on. Wiggle to make sure it doesn’t fall off.

FLY

Play “You Can Fly” Follow the words in the song: Stop. Listen. Think of thoughts. Start to rise. Fly. Repeat the last 5 steps. Fall down. Sprinkle Pixie Dust on the children. Think of new thoughts. Rise. Fly in curving pathways – add leaps and turns in the air. Fly out the window into the night around the stars and moon. End on a cloud. “Look – there’s Neverland!”

PIRATES

Play “A Pirates Life.” Look I see Captain Hook and Smee! Let’s join them! Play the song again and dance a pirates dance (things like step-hops & lift leg high with arms pulling back followed by an off balanced turn). Repeat since the song is so short.

INDIANS

“What else can we find at Neverland?” Play “What Makes Red Man Red.” Join the Indians and dance Indian moves around a campfire. Have the children follow you. Then repeat the song and tell them to come up with their own Indian moves. As you see something appealing, say “everyone follow (name of child)”. Try several movements from the children.

FOLLOW THE LEADER

“Look I see the Lost Boys!” Play “Following the Leader.” Have the children line up behind you and start to do simple movements that they follow. If you want you can have a child lead the movement.

WALK THE PLANK

“Guess what time it is?” (Many children say “time to go?”) “No! It’s time to walk the plank! Line up behind me.” Slowly walk to the beat of your drum. Then stop and lift one leg. Slowly fall onto that leg followed by a big twisting, crazy fall onto the ground (or in the “water”) and roll. All the children follow.

CROCODILE

Play “Never Smile at a Crocodile.” Start to swim. Roll onto back and open and close arms slowly (representing mouth) to the beat of music. Stand up and tick tock back and forth because of the clock ticking inside. Dive back into the water and swim and repeat the arms opening and closing.

I WON’T GROW UP

Wendy says, “Peter, it’s time to get back to London”. Peter says, “No! If I go back I’ll have to grow up. I won’t Grow up!”. Play “I Won’t Grow Up” by Cathy Rigby. Put on your Peter Pan hat. With the music, create a shape. The children copy. (Do a total of 4 shapes). Then free dance. While free dancing, place the hat on a child. The child makes a shape. The class copies. (Do a total of 4 shapes). Repeat this sequence to give more children a chance to be the leader.

FLY HOME

Play the “Main Title” again. “It’s time to fly home.” Wave good-bye to Neverland. Fly through the night and then back to London. Lie down in bed and go to sleep.

CLOSURE/SUMMARY

This could be a dance for an informance. Practice the sequence straight through. Also read “Peter Pan” in the classroom. Discuss key details and check for understanding of the content in the story. Also compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of the characters in the story.


Adjust the dance as needed for individual student needs.
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT:
While the kids are dancing watch to see if they are understanding the concepts. If not, sidecoach them to help them understand.

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT:
You can have a discussion or quiz at the end of the lesson; or have the students share what they learned with a partner and then report to another group of students or to you as to what they learned.

They can also demonstrate their understanding through choreographic assignments (but be sure the objectives are clear for the assignment and then make sure they meet those objectives).

SUPPLIES, EQUIPMENT AND RESOURCES

Buy the following songs on iTunes or use the YouTube links: