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Dancing Knot

Students hold hands with friends, dance in and out, and get all tangled up into a big knot! Then draw colorful swirls and curls on a dancing fan.

  • Grade 1
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Make a human knot. Students stand in a line with their classmates and hold hands. Have the people at both ends of the line run in and out of the line, under people’s arms. Hang on tight! You’ll all soon be in a big knot! Try dancing this way several times.
    2. Draw a colorful knot. Students use Crayola® Markers to draw a big, swirling, curving knot on construction paper. While drawing, students should think about how it felt to make a hand-holding knot. Use all six colors of markers. Students will soon have a beautiful, colorful dancing knot! Notice how the marker colors mix when they overlap.
    3. Create a dancing fan. Students draw a border around the design. Cut out around the border with Crayola Scissors. Glue the decorated paper on cardboard with Crayola School Glue. Then attach it to a recycled cardboard roll colored with marker. When the dancing fan is dry, students can dance and swirl!
  • Standards

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

    VA: Use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Ask students to dance once again. During the second event, have student hold their Dancing Knots in the air as they move rather than holding hands. At the close of the dance, students freeze. Take a digital picture of the frozen students and upload it to a class computer. Have students view the digital picture and discuss what they see, how it makes them feel, etc. This can also be done as a small group, thus producing several digital pictures to discuss.

    In groups of six, students create a Dancing Knot on mural paper. Each student may want to use only one color from the Crayola Markers box. Provide the group with a specific amount of time to draw (30-60 seconds). Once time is up, have students step back from the Dancing Knot and talk about what they see!

    Videotape students performing to music using long, colorful ribbons. Students view the videotape and discuss what they see. How are the ribbons moving in the air? Does the movement remain the same for slower music, faster music? Duplicate this activity outdoors. Have students compare and contrast the two events.


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