"Brookside Elementary had a GAINS District Dance Specialist visit last week. GAINS stands for Growing Arts In Nebo Schools. Specialists visit elementary schools throughout the District and work with teachers and students on using different kinds of arts integration. Arts Integration employs the arts as a teaching tool to enhance learning of the core curriculum. Brookside will be working with Dance Integration this school year. 3rd grade students used dance and movement to represent the characteristics of all LIVING THINGS. 4th grade students used white scarves to represent water droplets and moved their way through the different parts of the WATER CYCLE.5th grade students danced about the ORDER OF OPERATIONS with a little help from our hula hoops. By adding movement to the meaning of the different operations, students will better remember this important sequence. 6th grade students used mirroring and flocking movements to emphasize the important qualities of RESPECT, COOPERATION, and TEAM WORK.
The Special Needs unit danced as well, using props such as scarves and giant elastic bands to enhance their dance ideas.
Dance is a great way to make learning fun and to help students remember concepts more deeply."