Have you ever wanted to do maypole dancing with your class? Wondered why people even do maypole dancing in the first place? Look no further! This activity is for you! This is a great way to get kids doing choreography around May Day. The kids also love doing things like this on field day!
The lesson and accompanying PowerPoints with dance animation will provide you all you need to teach a fun, engaging unit on maypole dancing, K-5 (or older!). Need something new for field day? This would be a perfect group event! Even teachers at my school wanted to perform the dances!
In this resource you will receive:
- Instructions on how to build your own DIY maypole! (you could easily build it in a weekend!)
- Detailed lesson plans which outline the history of maypole dancing, the history of May Day, dance steps, and tips to teach the dances (Basic Circle, Concentric Circle, Basic Weave, Traveler’s Tent, Barber’s Pole, Spider Web, and Jacob’s Ladder).
- Engaging PowerPoint to lead your students through learning about the history of maypole along with animated slides to demonstrate the dance steps.
- Includes a slide deck compatible Google Slides™ **note: the dance step animations were originally designed for PowerPoint, which is not a feature currently available with Google Slides. The animations have been replaced by gifs in this version**
- Quick reference sheet with diagrams for you to use when actually teaching the dances.
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The ready to print lesson plan and accompanying presentations cover the following topics:
- Complete instructions and material list for building a your own maypole.
- Tips for teaching the dance sequences.
- Amazing video clips (safeshare links) to demonstrations of people dancing each dance covered in this resource.
- What is a maypole?
- Concise history of maypole and development around the world (Sweden, Great Britain, Germany, USA).
- Animated demonstrations of 6 traditional maypole dances ranging from beginning to advanced. Each animation includes slides for breaking down the teaching process and then showing how the dance would be completed in its entirety. (Download the preview for animation sample – don’t worry! Typed instructions for the dances are included too!).
The detailed, editable lesson plans were written ready to print for the general music room, but could easily be adapted to the general education room or dancing room with a quick switching of standards. Currently the Georgia GPS music standards are marked; the National Music Standards and Common Core Arts Standards are included and can be swapped with a simple copy and paste.
This product was formerly called Maypole Mania.