This is one of my favorite resources! I am posting about it now, because I discovered that it is on clearance right now on
That's 58% off!
It normally retails for $162! I know I paid more than $100 for my used copy years ago purchased from amazon.com. If you do not have this book in your library, do not miss out on this outrageous deal!
The instructions for the dances are very clear and include helpful diagrams. There is also a very extensive movement glossary in the back of the book. Here are just a few of my favorite games and dances from this book:
"Old Betty Larkin" -a circle dance which is a mixer to trade partners. Grades 2-5 always enjoy this dance. Check out a previous post on this song.
"Pop Goes the Weasel"-a triple circle dance for Grade 1-5
"I've Been To Haarlem"- double circle moving with partners and then separately in contrary motion. My students love to "wring the dishrag" and separate from their partner!
"Old Brass Wagon"-I love a dance where the lyrics tell you what to do!
"Paw Paw Patch"- a Kentucky song and a great dance to teach K and 1st how to "peel the banana"!
"Alabama Gal"-a "peel the banana" favorite!
"Obwisana"-an African rock passing game (we use beanbags)
"Tideo"- an arch-forming game
A full index of the contents is available at westmusic.com.
If you already have this great book, share your favorite game or song below!