D.T104

Life Cycle of a Butterfly Movement Exploration

Life Cycle of a Butterfly Movement Exploration

Students will create a dance phrase that demonstrates an understanding of a concept or idea. This assessment can be modified or adapted to meet kindergarten and first-grade benchmarks.

This assessment would complement an integrated science-and-dance unit on life cycles. The science content provides a butterfly- cycle terminology and may be adjusted or enhanced to align with classroom learning, i.e., at the pupa stage.

This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.


This is an analytic rubric. The column on the left shows the dimension that is being measured in the student’s performance. The levels across the top row indicate the performance level in the dimensions. Occasionally all dimensions and performance levels are exemplified by multiple students in a single recording.

TEACHER SCORING RUBRIC

  • Dimension
  • Movement Exploration

    Stages of the Life Cycle of a Butterfly

  • Use of Body

  • Use of Personal and General Space

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • The student seldom moves or usually moves inappropriately for the specific stage.

    N/A at this time.
  • The student improvises movements that are appropriate for most of the stages.

    N/A at this time.
  • The student improvises movements that are appropriate for all four stages of the life cycle.

    N/A at this time.
  • The student improvises movements that are completely accurate for all four stages of the life cycle.

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  • The student rarely incorporates a variety of body parts and initiation of points. Movement patterns are very limited and often do not go beyond natural movement gestures.

    N/A at this time.
  • The student sometimes incorporates a limited range of movement vocabulary and creates similar movement patterns in relationship to his or her own body and to others/objects.

    N/A at this time.
  • The student incorporates a variety of body parts and initiation points and creates movement in relationship to his or her own body and to others/objects.

    N/A at this time.
  • The student incorporates a variety of body parts and initiation points and creates movement in relationship to his or her own body and to others/objects beyond required expectations.

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  • The student does not demonstrate awareness or understanding of body and personal space and does not move through space safely.

    N/A at this time.
  • The student demonstrates little awareness of body, invades others’ personal spaces, and moves in an unsafe manner on occasion.

    N/A at this time.
  • The student demonstrates some awareness of body, is able to work within personal space, and moves safely through space.

    N/A at this time.
  • The student demonstrates good awareness of body, is able to work within personal space, and moves safely through space.

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