Literacy 4-6

Systems Change

Music & Dance


Connecting information to music and dance moves enhances Short-term and Long-term Memory by drawing on auditory processes and the cognitive benefits of physical activity. When students create their own songs and corresponding dance moves, they activate even more cognitive processes by reflecting on how to represent what they are learning.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how the Literacy Through Hip-Hop program engages students by using hip-hop rhythms to teach literacy skills. While learning to write hip-hop songs and recording them, the students also master concepts such as rhyming words, Vocabulary, and figurative language.

  • Teachers can have students rewrite lyrics to familiar songs and add dance movements that relate to what they are learning. Integrating content with these multiple modalities promotes deeper student understanding and engagement.
  • Design It into Your Product

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    Learn how Toca Dance Free allows learners to create instrumental songs and choreograph dance moves in a playful environment. Through this engaging and fun activity, learners can interpret content in new ways and support their Physical Well-being.

  • Products can provide the tools for learners to create and record their own music videos demonstrating their content knowledge.
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