Standards Glossary

The purpose of this glossary is to help the user better understand the terminology used in the Colorado Academic Standards. It is intended to assist educational practitioners and pre-service educators in understanding the standards. It is not intended as a study guide for students nor does it represent a comprehensive list of all academic terms.

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A good or service that is desired. It is said that every person has unlimited wants, but limited resources.

Content Area: Social Studies

warm-up activities

Movements and/or movement phrases designed to raise the core body temperature and bring the mind into focus for the dance activities to follow.

Content Area: Dance

warm-up exercises

Low-intensity exercises that prepare the muscular/skeletal system and heart and lungs (cardiorespiratory system) for high-intensity physical activity.

Content Area: Comprehensive Health and Physical Education

weight-bearing activities

Any activity in which one’s feet and legs carry their own weight: walking, running, tennis, and dancing.

Content Area: Comprehensive Health and Physical Education


The process of giving or receiving weight between two or more dancers.

Content Area: Dance


An approach to health that focuses on balancing the many aspects or dimensions of a person's life through increasing the adoption of health-enhancing conditions and behaviors, rather than solely attempting to minimize conditions of illness.

Content Area: Comprehensive Health and Physical Education


Works of art characterized by a dominant European influence.

Content Area: Visual Arts

western notation

Notation is the method used to write down music. Western notation is a staff-based notation system, using traditional note symbols and clefs to indicate pitch locations and durations.

Content Area: Music

whole numbers

The numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, ....

Content Area: Mathematics

word order

The patterns or arrangement in which words do or may occur in a grammatical utterance in a given language.

Content Area: World Languages

work of art

The outcome product or result of using a creative process to produce/delineate objects and or images produced or intended primarily for aesthetic purposes and to communicate ideas through visual language: drawing, painting, sculpture, or other artistic productions.

Content Area: Visual Arts

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