Dance-Intermediate 1 (#5003040) 

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Course Standards

Name Description
DA.3.C.1.1: Identify one or more elements and, using accurate dance terminology, discuss how they are used to shape a piece into a dance.
DA.3.C.1.2: Learn movement quickly and accurately through application of learning strategies.
e.g., associate words and mental images, create a narrative
DA.3.C.1.3: Identify and demonstrate changes made in various elements of a movement piece.
DA.3.C.2.1: Apply knowledge of basic elements of dance to identify examples in a dance piece.
DA.3.C.2.2: Share and apply feedback to improve the quality of dance movement.
DA.3.C.3.1: Examine one element of a dance piece and judge how well it expressed or supported the given intent.
DA.3.F.1.1: Create dance pieces that interpret characters from stories, poems, and other literature sources.
DA.3.F.3.1: Be on time and prepared for classes, and work successfully in small- and large-group cooperative settings, following directions given by the teacher or peers.
DA.3.H.1.1: Practice and perform social, cultural, or folk dances, using associated traditional music, to identify commonalities and differences.
DA.3.H.2.1: Discuss the roles that dance has played in various social, cultural, and folk traditions.
DA.3.H.3.1: Create and perform a dance, inspired by developmentally appropriate literature, stories, or poems, that has a beginning, middle, and end.
e.g., language arts: essay-writing
DA.3.H.3.2: Identify connections between the skills required to learn dance and the skills needed in other learning environments.
DA.3.O.1.1: Relate how the elements of dance are applied in classwork to how they are used in dance pieces.
e.g., body, action, space, time, energy, relationships
DA.3.O.1.2: Identify the procedures and structures common to dance classes.
DA.3.O.2.1: Select an element to change within a phrase and discuss the results.
DA.3.O.3.1: Translate words, pictures, or movements into dance to express ideas or feelings.
DA.3.O.3.2: Use accurate dance terminology to respond to and communicate about dance.
DA.3.O.3.3: Share, using accurate dance terminology, ways in which dance communicates its meaning to the audience.
e.g., pantomime, gestures
DA.3.S.1.1: Create movement to express feelings, images, and stories.
DA.3.S.1.2: Respond to improvisation prompts, as an individual or in a group, to explore new ways to move.
DA.3.S.1.3: Explore positive and negative space to increase kinesthetic awareness.
DA.3.S.1.4: Create dance sequences, based on expanded, everyday gestures and/or movements.
DA.3.S.2.1: Explain why focus and cooperation are important in class and performance.
DA.3.S.2.2: Learn and repeat movement using observation and listening skills.
DA.3.S.2.3: Practice simple dance movements on both sides and facing in different directions.
DA.3.S.2.4: Use learning strategies to remember movement between classes and rehearsals.
e.g., write down steps and corrections, draw floor patterns, verbalize
DA.3.S.3.1: Demonstrate appropriate posture with strength in the abdomen and length in the spine.
DA.3.S.3.2: Perform safe practice exercises for increasing strength, flexibility, and range of motion.
DA.3.S.3.3: Perform far-reach exercises to demonstrate knowledge of the use of line in movement.
DA.3.S.3.4: Identify and demonstrate an understanding of the elements of time.
DA.3.S.3.5: Maintain center line of balance in place, in transfer of weight, and while changing levels.
DA.3.S.3.6: Execute a movement sequence, in and through space, with a specific expression.
DA.3.S.3.7: Rehearse movements and dance sequences to develop coordination and agility in muscular groups.
MA.K12.MTR.1.1: Actively participate in effortful learning both individually and collectively.  

Mathematicians who participate in effortful learning both individually and with others: 

  • Analyze the problem in a way that makes sense given the task. 
  • Ask questions that will help with solving the task. 
  • Build perseverance by modifying methods as needed while solving a challenging task. 
  • Stay engaged and maintain a positive mindset when working to solve tasks. 
  • Help and support each other when attempting a new method or approach.


Teachers who encourage students to participate actively in effortful learning both individually and with others:
  • Cultivate a community of growth mindset learners. 
  • Foster perseverance in students by choosing tasks that are challenging. 
  • Develop students’ ability to analyze and problem solve. 
  • Recognize students’ effort when solving challenging problems.
MA.K12.MTR.2.1: Demonstrate understanding by representing problems in multiple ways.  

Mathematicians who demonstrate understanding by representing problems in multiple ways:  

  • Build understanding through modeling and using manipulatives.
  • Represent solutions to problems in multiple ways using objects, drawings, tables, graphs and equations.
  • Progress from modeling problems with objects and drawings to using algorithms and equations.
  • Express connections between concepts and representations.
  • Choose a representation based on the given context or purpose.
Teachers who encourage students to demonstrate understanding by representing problems in multiple ways: 
  • Help students make connections between concepts and representations.
  • Provide opportunities for students to use manipulatives when investigating concepts.
  • Guide students from concrete to pictorial to abstract representations as understanding progresses.
  • Show students that various representations can have different purposes and can be useful in different situations. 
MA.K12.MTR.3.1: Complete tasks with mathematical fluency. 

Mathematicians who complete tasks with mathematical fluency:

  • Select efficient and appropriate methods for solving problems within the given context.
  • Maintain flexibility and accuracy while performing procedures and mental calculations.
  • Complete tasks accurately and with confidence.
  • Adapt procedures to apply them to a new context.
  • Use feedback to improve efficiency when performing calculations. 
Teachers who encourage students to complete tasks with mathematical fluency:
  • Provide students with the flexibility to solve problems by selecting a procedure that allows them to solve efficiently and accurately.
  • Offer multiple opportunities for students to practice efficient and generalizable methods.
  • Provide opportunities for students to reflect on the method they used and determine if a more efficient method could have been used. 
MA.K12.MTR.4.1: Engage in discussions that reflect on the mathematical thinking of self and others. 

Mathematicians who engage in discussions that reflect on the mathematical thinking of self and others:

  • Communicate mathematical ideas, vocabulary and methods effectively.
  • Analyze the mathematical thinking of others.
  • Compare the efficiency of a method to those expressed by others.
  • Recognize errors and suggest how to correctly solve the task.
  • Justify results by explaining methods and processes.
  • Construct possible arguments based on evidence. 
Teachers who encourage students to engage in discussions that reflect on the mathematical thinking of self and others:
  • Establish a culture in which students ask questions of the teacher and their peers, and error is an opportunity for learning.
  • Create opportunities for students to discuss their thinking with peers.
  • Select, sequence and present student work to advance and deepen understanding of correct and increasingly efficient methods.
  • Develop students’ ability to justify methods and compare their responses to the responses of their peers. 
MA.K12.MTR.5.1: Use patterns and structure to help understand and connect mathematical concepts. 

Mathematicians who use patterns and structure to help understand and connect mathematical concepts:

  • Focus on relevant details within a problem.
  • Create plans and procedures to logically order events, steps or ideas to solve problems.
  • Decompose a complex problem into manageable parts.
  • Relate previously learned concepts to new concepts.
  • Look for similarities among problems.
  • Connect solutions of problems to more complicated large-scale situations. 
Teachers who encourage students to use patterns and structure to help understand and connect mathematical concepts:
  • Help students recognize the patterns in the world around them and connect these patterns to mathematical concepts.
  • Support students to develop generalizations based on the similarities found among problems.
  • Provide opportunities for students to create plans and procedures to solve problems.
  • Develop students’ ability to construct relationships between their current understanding and more sophisticated ways of thinking.
MA.K12.MTR.6.1: Assess the reasonableness of solutions. 

Mathematicians who assess the reasonableness of solutions: 

  • Estimate to discover possible solutions.
  • Use benchmark quantities to determine if a solution makes sense.
  • Check calculations when solving problems.
  • Verify possible solutions by explaining the methods used.
  • Evaluate results based on the given context. 
Teachers who encourage students to assess the reasonableness of solutions:
  • Have students estimate or predict solutions prior to solving.
  • Prompt students to continually ask, “Does this solution make sense? How do you know?”
  • Reinforce that students check their work as they progress within and after a task.
  • Strengthen students’ ability to verify solutions through justifications. 
MA.K12.MTR.7.1: Apply mathematics to real-world contexts. 

Mathematicians who apply mathematics to real-world contexts:

  • Connect mathematical concepts to everyday experiences.
  • Use models and methods to understand, represent and solve problems.
  • Perform investigations to gather data or determine if a method is appropriate. • Redesign models and methods to improve accuracy or efficiency. 
Teachers who encourage students to apply mathematics to real-world contexts:
  • Provide opportunities for students to create models, both concrete and abstract, and perform investigations.
  • Challenge students to question the accuracy of their models and methods.
  • Support students as they validate conclusions by comparing them to the given situation.
  • Indicate how various concepts can be applied to other disciplines.
ELA.K12.EE.1.1: Cite evidence to explain and justify reasoning.
K-1 Students include textual evidence in their oral communication with guidance and support from adults. The evidence can consist of details from the text without naming the text. During 1st grade, students learn how to incorporate the evidence in their writing.

2-3 Students include relevant textual evidence in their written and oral communication. Students should name the text when they refer to it. In 3rd grade, students should use a combination of direct and indirect citations.

4-5 Students continue with previous skills and reference comments made by speakers and peers. Students cite texts that they’ve directly quoted, paraphrased, or used for information. When writing, students will use the form of citation dictated by the instructor or the style guide referenced by the instructor. 

6-8 Students continue with previous skills and use a style guide to create a proper citation.

9-12 Students continue with previous skills and should be aware of existing style guides and the ways in which they differ.

ELA.K12.EE.2.1: Read and comprehend grade-level complex texts proficiently.
See Text Complexity for grade-level complexity bands and a text complexity rubric.
ELA.K12.EE.3.1: Make inferences to support comprehension.
Students will make inferences before the words infer or inference are introduced. Kindergarten students will answer questions like “Why is the girl smiling?” or make predictions about what will happen based on the title page. Students will use the terms and apply them in 2nd grade and beyond.
ELA.K12.EE.4.1: Use appropriate collaborative techniques and active listening skills when engaging in discussions in a variety of situations.
In kindergarten, students learn to listen to one another respectfully.

In grades 1-2, students build upon these skills by justifying what they are thinking. For example: “I think ________ because _______.” The collaborative conversations are becoming academic conversations.

In grades 3-12, students engage in academic conversations discussing claims and justifying their reasoning, refining and applying skills. Students build on ideas, propel the conversation, and support claims and counterclaims with evidence.

ELA.K12.EE.5.1: Use the accepted rules governing a specific format to create quality work.
Students will incorporate skills learned into work products to produce quality work. For students to incorporate these skills appropriately, they must receive instruction. A 3rd grade student creating a poster board display must have instruction in how to effectively present information to do quality work.
ELA.K12.EE.6.1: Use appropriate voice and tone when speaking or writing.
In kindergarten and 1st grade, students learn the difference between formal and informal language. For example, the way we talk to our friends differs from the way we speak to adults. In 2nd grade and beyond, students practice appropriate social and academic language to discuss texts.
PE.3.C.2.2: Understand the importance of safety rules and procedures in all physical activities.
An example of a safety procedure is wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle.
PE.3.M.1.10: Perform one dance accurately.
Some examples of dances are square, contra, step and social.
PE.3.R.6.1: List personally challenging physical-activity experiences.
ELD.K12.ELL.SI.1: English language learners communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting.
HE.3.C.1.1: Describe healthy behaviors that affect personal health.
Covering mouth cough/sneeze, washing hands before eating and after using the bathroom, performing daily physical activity, never using other’s hair/toothbrushes, preventing the spread of germs, exercising regularly, avoiding junk food, and avoiding tobacco products.
SC.3.P.10.2: Recognize that energy has the ability to cause motion or create change.
TH.3.C.2.2: Discuss the meaning of an artistic choice to support development of critical thinking and decision-making skills.
VA.3.H.1.3: Identify and be respectful of ideas important to individuals, groups, or cultures that are reflected in their artworks.

General Course Information and Notes


Third-grade* students in dance class apply knowledge of the basic elements and principles of dance through improvisation and structured practice of locomotor and non-locomotor patterns, steps, positions, and actions of the body requiring strength, coordination, and flexibility. The creative process facilitates aesthetic and affective progression, as well as an awareness of historical perspectives and contemporary ideas in the arts that enable students to identify connections between skills required in dance and skills required in other content areas.


* Intermediate Dance 1, 2, and 3 have been designed in two ways: 1) to challenge students on grade level who have previously taken classes in this content area; and 2) to challenge students whose education in this content area has been delayed until the upper elementary grades. Dance teachers of classes in Grades 3, 4, and 5 should select the most appropriate course level in the series based on each group's prior experience, the benchmarks, and available instruction time. Once elementary students have entered the series, they must progress to the next course in sequence. Examples: • A 3rd grade class that has taken Dance previously should be enrolled in Intermediate Dance 1 and progress through the series in subsequent grades. • 4th graders beginning formal instruction in Dance for the first time may be enrolled, as a class, in Intermediate Dance 1, and must then progress to Intermediate Dance 2 in the following year.

Special Note: This class may include opportunities to participate in extra rehearsals and performances beyond the school day.

Florida’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards
This course includes Florida’s B.E.S.T. ELA Expectations (EE) and Mathematical Thinking and Reasoning Standards (MTRs) for students. Florida educators should intentionally embed these standards within the content and their instruction as applicable. For guidance on the implementation of the EEs and MTRs, please visit and select the appropriate B.E.S.T. Standards package.

English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link:


As well as the certification requirements listed on the course description, the following qualifications may also be acceptable for the course:

Any field when certification reflects a bachelor or higher degree.

General Information

Course Number: 5003040 Course Path: Section: Grades PreK to 12 Education Courses > Grade Group: Grades PreK to 5 Education Courses > Subject: Dance > SubSubject: General >
Abbreviated Title: DANCE - INTERM 1
Course Attributes:
  • Florida Standards Course
Course Status: State Board Approved
Grade Level(s): K,1,2,3,4,5

Educator Certifications

Elementary Education (Elementary Grades 1-6)
Primary Education (K-3)
Dance (Elementary and Secondary Grades K-12)
Prekindergarten/Primary Education (Age 3 through Grade 3)
Elementary Education (Grades K-6)
Physical Education (Elementary Grades 1-6)
Physical Education (Grades K-8)
Physical Education (Elementary and Secondary Grades K-12)

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