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Rhythm and Body Percussion Teaching Tips

A fun body percussion play along and a rhythm play along in one activity? Yep! It’s perfect for elementary music classes. Students will love playing rhythms using body percussion moves.

TIP #1 PROVIDE MULTIPLE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Teaching rhythms doesn’t have to be all about clapping!

Rhythm activities can include many different learning opportunities like;

  • SAYING
  • PLAYING
  • COLORING
  • MATCHING
  • CREATING

TIP#2 CONNECT LEARNING CONTENT

I’ve found that students will remember things when they can connect learning with something relevant.

Using thematic rhythm activities improves student learning.

Try connecting rhythm activities with songs, popular movies, holidays, school themes and kid friendly activities.

That’s why I’ve created many different themes of rhythm activities.

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FREEBIE INSTRUMENTS RHYTHM ACTIVITY: DIGITAL & PRITABLE MUSIC ACTIVITIES

You can read more about teaching Rhythm activities in these blog posts:

Interactive Rhythm Activities 
Elementary Music Class Spring Rhythm Activities

TIP#3 PRACTICE and CREATE STATIONS

Using the same resource to practice and create rhythms in different learning activities.

Consider using the materials in STATIONS. Here are some activities for students to have opportunities to practice and create.

STATION #1 Practice using Flashcards- Students can draw a card from the pile and play the rhythm.
STATION #2 Practice using the worksheets – There are 12 different worksheets in the Move to the Rhythm Activity.
STATION #3 Practice using the video/presentation – Use the video to review the rhythms. Follow the prompts in the video.
STATION #4 Create using the google slides drag and drop activity- Students can drag and drop images in the google slides to create rhythms.
STATION #5 Create using the worksheets- The worksheets include opportunities for cutting out mini rhythm cards and using them to create rhythm patterns.
STATION #6 Create using the Flashcards – Students can use the flash cards to create 4 or 8 beat patterns.

If you’re interested, you can get the MOVE TO THE RHYTHM ACTIVITIES resource with Flash Cards, Worksheets, Video, Google Slides and Presentation in one elementary music class resource by CLICKING HERE

Move to the Rhythm Mixed Level elementary music rhythm activities with video, flashcards, worksheets and drag and drop google slides and digital images for online and in person music class lessons.

Your students will love stretching, spinning, clapping, stomping the rhythms in this set of materials.

Students can create their own rhythm patterns using the worksheets and flashcards.

Students also love moving the images into the boxes to create their very own rhythm patterns in the interactive google slides activities.

Keep on teaching rhythms, practice, assess using the presentation, flashcards, worksheets, video and google slides drag and drop activities.

These materials make a great SUB lesson with video, presentation and google slides activities.

CONCEPTS

  • Quarter, Quarter Rest, Eighth, Sixteenth, Half and Whole Note Values
  • Play Rhythms
  • Play and Say Sounds and Rhythms
  • Create Rhythms
  • Match Sounds to Rhythms

RESOURCE INCLUDES

  • Teaching Video
  • Teaching Presentation with note values and rhythm practice.
  • Worksheets (12)
  • Flashcards (Notes and Rhythms)
  • Mini Cards in Black/White
  • Drag and Drop Color Images (quarter, eighth, sixteenth note, half note images, whole note image) listed above
  • Google Slides Drag and Drop Activity slides.
  • Teacher Guide with LINK SHARING DIRECTIONS

DETAILS

  • Teaching presentation with Teaching Pages for Beat and Rhythm Values
  • Quarter Notes
  • Quarter Rest
  • Eighth Notes
  • Sixteenth Notes
  • Half Note
  • Whole Note
  • SAY AND PLAY RHYTHMS
  • SAY AND PLAY SOUNDS
  • Teaching page for each value and sound
  • Clap the Rhythm review
  • Practice – Say and Play the Rhythm and Sounds

GOOGLE SLIDES ACTIVITY

Drag and Drop Rhythm Pattern Activity- Fill in the missing images.

Drag and Drop Rhythm Pattern Activity- Fill in the missing rhythms.

Create your own rhythms with whole, half, quarter note & rest/eighth, and sixteenth note versions.

Write in the rhythms using the templates.

Create Your Own Templates (4) make copies of the templates and use the digital images to create your own activities.

“WOW!” poster and Digital Image to congratulate students on completing the activities.

TEACHING IDEAS

Use the presentation to review rhythms and introduce the concepts.

Be sure to have students “say and play” the rhythms and sounds/words.

You may need to review one class time and then continue the next class to complete the activities.

Students may need more practice too.

Drag and Drop Activities- do these as a class first to demonstrate how to do the activity.

Assign or offer the create your own activities as needed.

Use the REWARD poster to celebrate learning.

Use the activities in STATIONS or CENTERS. (#1 VIDEO, #2 RHYTHM PLAYING #GOOGLE ACTIVITY)

USE THIS RESOURCE

Create Stations, Leave in the Sub Tub, Complete music lesson activity.

The google slides activity can be shared with your students and children for activities to do at home or as assignments.

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I’m hoping that these rhythm activity tips help you in your elementary music classes.

Sandra from Sing Play Create
Three Tips on teaching rhythms and body percussion in the elementary music classroom.

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