The Dance Contest Lesson

The Dance Contest Lesson: Drama & Dance

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Objective: students identify commonalities between drama and dance.

Who doesn’t like to dance? At this age, students love to move and make up their own dances to music. If there is a dance teacher or dance artist in your school, ask them to assist with this lesson and teach it as a joint effort. Notice how the lesson incorporates the planning, practicing, and performing processes (part of the second grade objectives). Students will explore how the body is a tool in dance. If this is a difficult lesson for students without experience in dance, you may choose to skip it. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Second Grade Curriculum.

Second Grade Drama Journal: The Dance Contest

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For each lesson in the curriculum, we have created a corresponding journal page for your students. A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses. If you use the journal for assessment and would like more assessment tools, visit our Second Grade Curriculum

Grade Level


  • Movement
  • Shape
  • Teamwork


  • Action
  • Dance
  • Details
  • Teamwork


  • Open