Each lesson is 30 minutes long.


Lesson 1 – Introduction


Lesson 2 – Rhythm


Lesson 3 – Rhythm

  • School Song / Friendship or Positive Song
  • Hello There
    • Review song.
    • Sitting, click feet together on beat, clap names
    • Students in circle, 3 students & drums in middle. Each student says name, class echoes.  I give them each a number: 1,2,3 – then after playing, they pick new person, tell person what number they are.
  • Students are put in a seating chart on the risers (up until now they were sitting in a circle on the floor).
  • Book: Muncha Muncha Muncha
    • Show rhythm cards. I say patterns, they echo and clap.
  • Walk and Stop – add different locomotor movements.

Lesson 4 – Rhythm

  • Welcome Song / Friendship or Positive Song
  • Book: Muncha Muncha Muncha
    • Review & add instruments (I name and demonstrate each one and explain the rule of instruments: if anyone plays when they are not supposed to, they lose the chance to play.)
      • Tippy – maracas
      • Spring – woodblocks
      • Dig – guiros
      • Dive – triangles
      • Muncha – drums/tambourines
    • As time permits, switch instruments.

Lesson 5 – Rhythm

  • Welcome Song / Friendship or Positive Song
  • Hoops Activity:
    • Put 8 “tas” on board:     |   |   |   |   |   |   |   |
    • Stick cards on board: snap, clap, pat, stamp
    • Turn on rock beat (on keyboard)
    • Choose student “conductors” while the class does the body percussion – the same colored card of the hoop that the student is standing in (about 6 students each day)
  • Beat = “ta” = hearts on board.
    • 8 hearts, they “ta”
    • Trade 2 “ta” hearts for “rest” hearts
    • Make pattern:  ta, ta, ta, rest
    • Draw them with note heads = Name it: “quarter note”
  • Show them rhythm patterns – have them echo me “ta”
  • Bow Wow Wow
    • Show PowerPoint.
    • Teach song.
    • Movement/ Circle dance.

Lesson 6 – Rhythm

  • Welcome Song / Friendship or Positive Song
  • Hoops Activity – same as last lesson, choose more students to be “conductors”
  • PowerPoint Rhythms (see below)
    • Review (from 1st grade): quarter note, quarter rest, eighth notes
    • Teacher says rhythm pattern – always clapping rhythms also – students echo
  • Four White Horses – I sing words while they do beats.   (more songs with hand clapping)
  • BOOK: Catalina Magdalena
    • Read & Sing – students pat beat

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