Feet, Fractions and Fun (4th-6th grade)
Using folk dance formations, students will create patterns and fractions to see the connection between dance and math while reinforcing fractions. The workshop provides opportunity for problem solving and evolving fractions recognizing the use of mathematical patterns and ideas in other subjects. A second session is recommended to reinforce fractions and allow for creativity.
Appropriate for ages: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Joyce Gedraitis holds a MEd degree from Wichita State University. She has danced with folk dance groups all over the United States and in London, England. During the summer of 2009, Joyce went to Israel where she attended a 10-day summer course in Israeli folk dancing.
Joyce also performs in the duo “World Culture Party.”
We thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful lady. She was able to motivate the students to try something new and teach respect amongst each other. She also chose age-appropriate dances for each grade level group. We thought she was amazing and fun!
T. Belcher, Latchkey Co-Director, Linwood Elementary, Wichita
The students LOVED this workshop and so did I. I have always been interested in the brain research done with crossing the midline. I am so happy that Joyce gave instruction on the dances as well as a CD of the music. I am using this as morning work each day for the students! I would highly recommend this workshop!
M. Kambui, Kindergarten, Buckner Performing Arts Magnet, wichita
It was great. Kept us dancing!
C. Jenney, 7th grade, Robinson Middle School, Wichita