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Elementary P.E. DDR


Elementary P.E. DDR

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Lesson plan for using DDR in P.E. class to learn about how to find rhythmic beats within songs
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Date Added to MERLOT: November 04, 2010
Date Modified in MERLOT: November 04, 2015
Submitter: Joe Matulis
Keywords: beats, Dance, DDR, Elementary


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Primary Audience: College General Ed, Professional
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: ○ PlayStation 2 ○ LCD projector ○ Metal Dance Controller pads ○ P.A. System ○ DDR Game
Language: English
Cost Involved: yes
Source Code Available: no
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Creative Commons: Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution 3.0 United States
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Avatar for Liat Rothfeld
6 years ago

Liat Rothfeld (Teacher (K-12))

Hi Joe,

Several skills related to recognizing and responding to beats and tempos are reinforced in this lesson, in a way that is engaging. It is relevant to students’ interests to use a video game like DDR to teach and assess their knowledge and skills. I like how aspects of the music are reinforced in several ways. Students see, hear, and physically act on what they see and hear. The immediate feedback they get is helpful, too. Students can progress based on their individual skills and level of mastery, rather than have to stick with the rest of the class. Those who need more scaffolding can probably also start on an easier level than the rest of the class. My only concern is what might happen with students who don’t do very well, and/or are anxious that the whole class is watching them. On the one hand, it could be very motivating to some students to have classmates watch and cheer them on. I’m wondering, though, if this might have a negative impact on a handful of students.


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Avatar for Michelle Fairley
6 years ago

Michelle Fairley (Teacher (K-12))

This activity incorporates a program that is at a high interest level for most students and allows for gross motor movement. It does allow for all students to get involved and an opportunity for instant feedback from the PlayStation. I like how it incorporates cross curricular activities my mixing physical education with music and beats. The one concern that I have would be the possible embarrassment for the students who are uncoordinated. Is it required that the students interact with the dance mat where every other student can see?