In this post I’m sharing ideas on Elementary Music Beat and Rhythm Movement Activities. Get ideas on how to use movement to teach beat and rhythm.
Let’s play the steady beat and rhythms with body actions!
These steady beat and rhythm body percussion lesson ideas are perfect for elementary music classes.
Learn beat and rhythms with body percussion using these fun actions: SPIN, STRETCH, JUMP, REST, STOMP, CLAP, HOP, SKIP, SNAP, TAP, SHAKE, WAVE.
Elementary music students will have tons of fun with these body percussion activities as they learn beat and rhythm concepts.
START WITH A VIDEO ACTIVITY
A fun body percussion play along and a rhythm play along in one activity. Perfect for elementary music classes. Students will love playing the rhythms using body percussion moves.
RHYTHM PLAYALONG QUARTER AND EIGHTH NOTES
Let’s learn rhythms! This Rhythm play along activity is also a body percussion activity. Move on the Rhythms. Can you keep up? Learn Quarter and Eighth Notes and the Quarter Rest. Perfect for an elementary music lesson.
STEADY BEAT PLAYALONG
Let’s play the steady beat with body actions! This steady beat body percussion play along is the perfect steady beat activity for elementary music class. Practice beat and body percussion using these fun actions: STOMP, CLAP, HOP, SKIP. Have fun with this body percussion play along while stomping, clapping, hopping, and skipping.
REVIEW USING STUDENT LED MODELING
Your students will love showing the class how to do the actions.
Try using slides from the presentation for this activity. Choose students to model each of the actions.
Break out into small groups and have each group show an action. Then put them together in a 4 beat pattern.
The more you include the students in leading the activity- the more they will remember and learn.
Honestly- it’s also a great way to build classroom community!
PRACTICE WITH A VARIETY OF MATERIALS
How can I say it? DIVERSIFY, DIVERSIFY, DIVERSIFY learning opportunities!
When there’s 25-30 students in the class, you will need a variety of learning opportunities to reach all your students.
Some may not like to “move”- but they’ll love COLORING!
Some may not like to drag and drop the images in google slides, but they’ll LOVE moving!
That’s why it’s important to have several activities that will help your students learn the concepts.
You know your students so be sure to tailor the activities to their needs.
Overall, having a variety of materials and activities will give you different ways to assess student ability.
Worksheets can be a good way to assess- but if you are teaching in a “NO PRINTING” school- then using some of the group activities where students create their own patterns will work just as well.
Be sure to give students lot’s of time to practice before assessing their abilities.
Most of all, making learning fun and interactive will create a positive classroom environment where everyone has a chance to develop and grow their music skills.
I’m hoping this blog post helps you developing units of learning using a variety of materials to teach BEAT and RHYTHM in your elementary music classes.
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