1.)Discuss Quarter Notes, Eighth notes, and half notes.
1. Quarter notes are walking notes.
2. Running notes are Eighth notes.
3. Half notes are slow notes.
2.)Learning the Song
a. Have the students name the 3 kinds of notes discussed (Quarter, Eighth, and half notes) b. Make a chart and have students identify which notes are called each kind discussed.
c. Do step 'b' with each kind of note.
a. Using a chart, make different rhythms.....have the students clap these rhythms together and a few individually. b. Identify which notes are the longest and which notes are the shortest.
4.)Beat vs. Rhythm
a. Using flashcards, have the students alternate between keeping a steady beat on thier knees and clapping a rhythm that you show them on a flash card.
5.)Create Small Group centers:
a. Center 1- Have students keep a steady beat with rhythm sticks or percussion instruments.
b. Writing center - have students draw and color a picture of the three different kinds of notes discussed. You may have an example for them to follow if needed.
c. Listening center - Listen and Match rhythmic patterns from a tape, record the answer on an answer sheet. (To create the tape, use a keyboard or other instrument to play the rhythm. Make a corresponding answer sheet. Ten should be enough for this exercise.)
d. Computers - Have students write and play back rhythms from a computer program such as Finale. You may give the students a sheet with specific instructions on what to create. example: 2 running notes, 1 walking note and a slow note. If knowledge of this computer program is not appropriate for age, elimate the 4th center, or replace it with a rhythm game.
**Give specific rules for centers. Have students rotate every ten minutes, each activity should take no longer than this. Also use a signal for rotating centers such as blinking the lights....have them rotate clockwise to the next center.