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Graph Dance

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Graph Dance

In this activity, learners "dance" (move back and forth at varying speeds) by reading a graph. This is a kinesthetic way to help learners interpret and understand how motion is graphed. This resource includes instructions for three different graph "dances" and an optional extension activity.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Copies of graphs
  • Graph paper and pencils


  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
      • Rate
    • Problem Solving
    • Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces

Informal Categories

  • Performing Arts
  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • hear
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Muller, Eric


  • All Rights Reserved, Exploratorium, ©2004


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