North Carolina Arts in Action uses dance, an art form embodied by every society, as an enjoyable way for young children to develop discipline, self-esteem, and desire to excel. When children are able to express feelings and ideas through artistic movement, they gain self-awareness and often self-acceptance and discovering new talents. The program becomes an incentive for students to achieve in the classroom, learn to work as a team and develop respect for one another.
A trained lead dance teacher/choreographer, an assistant dance teacher, and a music accompanist teach classes. Each Arts in Action class runs 50-60 minutes per fourth-grade classroom. As fundamental movements are mastered, the teaching shifts to focusing on the annual theme, which is used to exemplify connections between dance and concepts in our curricular areas. Our theme in 2017 - 2018 is "Financial Literacy." During the 2017-18 school year, the students from NC AIA’s in-school programs will gain an appreciation for financial literacy by exploring their relationship to economics. All participating students will study North Carolina’s regions and resources, learn how they relate to producing goods and services and develop an appreciation for how businesses make choices to reach their goals.
The final performance will showcase dances that explore such topics as developing a business plan, balancing a budget, and how money moves within a bank. Through dance, students will better their understanding of the mechanics and the fundamentals of economics. The theme ties into the NC social studies essential standards for Economics and Financial Literacy.
This curriculum has been created for Grade 4 students with curriculum integration based on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and the North Carolina Common Core State Standards.
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