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Schools integrate dance into core academics

from Education Week

Photosynthesis may be an unlikely topic to inspire an opera or ballet, but in a second-grade classroom here recently, the children were asked to use dance to help them learn about that process. At Fort Garrison Elementary School in Maryland small groups of pupils in this class brainstormed to come up with dance movements to convey elements of photosynthesis, including water, sunlight, carbon dioxide, and chlorophyll. They leaned, they reached, they flowed, sometimes with surprising grace. The idea of integrating the arts, including dance, into the broader curriculum is not new, but it appears to be gaining a stronger foothold in public schools, proponents say, though national data are not available. more


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