Arts ESU2
Performing Arts, Agriculture
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Lesson Plan
High School
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Education Standards

Ag and Dance

Ag and Dance


This resource was created by Dylan Huber, in collaboration with Dawn DeTurk, Hannah Blomstedt, and Julie Albrecht, as part of ESU2's Integrating the Arts project. This project is a four year initiative focused on integrating arts into the core curriculum through teacher education, practice, and coaching.

Arts Integration Lesson Plan


Lesson Title:
Content Area: AgricultureFine Arts Area: Dance
Grade Level: 9thTeacher:  Huber


Standards and Alignment
Content Area Standard:AFNR.HS.11.2.b Identify and summarize the properties, locations, functions, and types of animal cells, tissues, organs, and body systems. AFNR.HS.11.2.c Apply knowledge of anatomical and physiological characteristics of animals to select animals for specific purposes (e.g., meat animals, breeding animals, seedstock.Fine Arts Standard: FA 12.3.1.a Generate movement and create dance phrases (glossary) to communicate ideas, images, feelings, and experiences based on inspiration from a variety of sources (e.g., create a dance phrase (glossary) based on a favorite song, poem, art piece).
Key Vocabulary:RhythmTempoFlowPathwayMaterials List: device for musicArena barrier


Lesson Delivery
Watch horse Dressage competitions to understand ideas. Discuss objective: Choreograph and perform a Dressage routine utilizing 4 different gaits to a minimum 1:30 musical compilation.  Must maintain rhythm and follow music’s tempo to express various feelings of the music.  Define terminology. Allow time to plan and practice.


Assessment and Reflection
Content Assessment: Perform gaits and transitions correctly.Arts Assessment:Tempo kept, rhythm appropriate, time limit met.
Student Reflection: “It really showed you how to be a horse.”“It was a good learning experience to understand different gaits.”“I feel bad for horses because they have to switch that fast between gaits.”Teacher Reflection: This lesson is an easy one to get students started and then leave them to create.



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