Activities:

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Clap Your Name. Patterns are everywhere, even in our names. Working in groups of two or three, convert the vowels and consonants in your names into clapping patterns, then turn them into movements.
clap

Counting Handshakes. Combinations are the basis of many types of mathematics and dance. Working in groups of two or three, find how many ways there are to shake hands, then learn to perform them in sequence. hands

Rotational Symmetry. Seeing symmetry is one thing, but doing it with your whole body is a whole new challenge. This elegant introduction to rotational symmetry is good for beginners. Work in groups of three to form symmetrical shapes. rotational symmetry
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The Four Basic Symmetries. The best way to learn about and remember the four basic symmetries is to do them. Here's how. A great follow-up to the previous "Rotational Symmetry" exercise. basic symmetry

String Polyhedra. The best way to study three-dimensional objects is to make them. These straightforward exercises which use loops of string foster cooperation, dexterity and an understanding of polyhedra.
string polyhedra

Assessment. Guidelines for grading mathematics and dance activities.

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Bibliography. Articles about combining mathematics and dance in education. Mathematics and Dance Bibliography
These and other activities included in our book, Math Dance with Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern, now available from our Book Shop