Working with partners, students write their own rhythm with 4 beats per measure. (If they want to use a whole note, they may only use one in the last measure.) Give them some pointers: write rhythms in patterns. For instance, measures 1 and 2 (or 1 and 3) can have the same rhythms. Don’t put eighth or sixteenth notes at the end of measures or before rests. Show them some examples of simple rhythms that will be easy to play. Once partners (each has his/her own sheet) have written their rhythms, they show the teacher.
They write the melody (absolute note names) under the rhythms on the composition page.