MISSOULA — We headed over to Rattlesnake Elementary School for this Arts and Education report to see how kids are learning science through dance.
“Today we are going to be exploring the plant life cycle. So, we are going to be dancing and explaining trees that make fruit. First, I show them a picture of the plant life cycle, I then show them how it goes and we talk about all the different terms like germination and pollination,” explained SPARK! Arts Missoula dance teacher Lulu Delphine.
After the basics have been laid down to the students in the second grade Science class, it’s time to take what these kids learned off the screen and put it into movement.
“So, I do the group dance as kind of an example you know of how it could look. Then they get to exercise their own creativity in a small group and make up their own plant life cycle dances,” Delphine said.
Learning different subjects like this can have many benefits for these kids. Not only is it fun, but as they put learning into motion it allows them to retain and remember the subjects being taught.
“They learn the lesson so quickly, their able to repeat it verbally and through their bodies. It makes the class room fun and it varies the learning. They also learn how to collaborate with each other, which is really great,” Delphine concluded.