UK: Grammar Dance

Grades 4-5 / ELA / Kinesthetic
CCSS: ELA.W.5.3d ELA.L.3.5 ELA.L.3.1a

Common Core State Standards


English Language Arts


Writing Standards K-5


5th Grade


Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

a. Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.

b. Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.

c. Use a variety of transitional words, phrases, and clauses to manage the sequence of events.

d. Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.

e. Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.

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Common Core State Standards


English Language Arts


Language Standards K–5


3rd Grade


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

a. Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.

b. Form and use regular and irregular plural nouns.

c. Use abstract nouns (e.g., childhood).

d. Form and use regular and irregular verbs.

e. Form and use the simple (e.g., I walked; I walk; I will walk) verb tenses.

f. Ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement.*

g. Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.

h. Use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.

i. Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences.

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Lesson Objective
Bring grammar to life with dance
14 min
Questions to Consider
How does Mr. O'Kelley handle the "pre-learning" while students wait to dance?
See how 4 strategic stages of Mr. O'Kelley's lesson plan unfold
What lessons do you dread and what can you do to engage both yourself and your students with the material?
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