Dance can be a powerful way for children to express spoken word. While some children are masters of expressive language, others can struggle to communicate ideas, feelings or understanding with words. Dance provides educators a "hands on" way to integrate movement into lanuage arts curriculum. Physicalization provides a powerful way to develop meaningful understanding of new concepts. It can also be used as an alternative assessment tool that recognizes children learn and express their learnings in different ways.
One activity I enjoy doing at my studio with dancers ages 6-12 are Cinquain Dances. A Cinquain is a 5 line poem. There are a few different ways a cinquain can be created but I like to use the following structure: