3rd Grade Rhythm / Meter Lessons

Each lesson is 30 minutes long.

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

  • Opening Song
  • 3rd grade rhythm activity
    • After all students have had a turn playing the 4-beat pattern (half note, 2 eighth notes, quarter note) on instruments, write the pattern on the board, say “half note, eighth notes, quarter,” students echo.
  • Old King Cole  (more nursery rhymes)    (more chants)
    • Teach chant or adapted melody and pat beat.
    • Add hand-clapping pattern: pat, pat, clap (rest) while singing/chanting.
    • Show rhythm visuals on board – rearrange into a measure or two and chant.
    • Put the song / rhythm pattern / song in a form of ABA and perform.
  • Introduce Long-Legged Sailor   (more songs with hand clapping).
    • I sing it to them and demonstrate the hand jive.

More lessons available below.

  • 3rd grade Rhythm / Meter Lessons (#1-15)

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6 thoughts on “3rd Grade Rhythm / Meter Lessons”

  1. I am sooo enjoying your blog. Thank you for sharing all your work. I am truly interested to know what other general music teachers teach in their classrooms.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your curriculum resources and lessons! This is only my second year teaching elementary music and I have been trying to create a meaningful, standards-driven curriculum for my students. Your blog has been a HUGE help!!


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