K-2 Dances about the Weather

Melanie Fillmore

This last week the K-2 classes at Santaquin Elementary used dance and movement to help them review, learn, and remember information about the weather.  As part of Nebo School District's GAINS (Growing Arts In Nebo Schools) program, Dance Specialist, Melanie Fillmore visited with these younger grades to model for teachers and provide for students a Dance Integrated learning experience.   Using the natural energy and movement qualities inherent in weather students: Skipped a happy skip (sunny)Did swinging and swooshing movement side to side (wind)Floated gently while swaying (snow)Moved from high to low with their arms and body (rain)Stomped and clapped (thunder)Did big, energetic, fast jumps (lightening)and MORE.   Students then acted as "meteorologists" and put the movements together in their own "5-day forecast." Students that move as part of their learning experience are shown to remember information better and retain it longer.  Good job Santaquin Elementary!