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Thanksgiving Rhythm and Body Percussion Activities

What better way to keep elementary music students learning through the Thanksgiving holiday than with rhythm and body percussion activities!

THANKSGIVING RHYTHM AND BODY PERCUSSION ACTIVITIES

Elementary music teachers can use these Thanksgiving rhythm and body percussion activities as standalone music activities and lessons, or, as complete units over the month of November.

Ultimately, these activities will give your students opportunities to:

STEADY BEAT PRACTICE

RHYTHM PRACTICE

CREATE

IMPROVISE

Keep reading to get the FREE RHYTHM ACTIVITY and tips on creative ways to teach rhythm and body percussion to your elementary music students.

STEADY BEAT PRACTICE

Turkey Body Percussion Steady Beat Play Along Activity: Video, Google Apps

Adorable TURKEY actions body percussion on the Steady Beat. Students will love to play and move with the Turkeys as the move to the beat using the video activity.

Practice the patterns, with the video, then students can create their own body percussion moves using the FLASH CARDS and GOOGLE SLIDES activities.

The teacher guide offers music lesson outlines and activities for music activities for the month of November. This resource offers a variety of teaching strategies and learning experiences to help your students internalize the steady beat. Best for PreK-2nd Grade

RHYTHM PRACTICE

Thanksgiving Rhythm Activities Mixed Levels: Interactive Google Apps, Video

Thanksgiving themed elementary music rhythm activities with video and drag and drop google slides, digital images for online and in person music class lessons.

These activities are interactive and engaging as well as seasonally friendly for November elementary music lessons.

Thanksgiving Rhythm Activities LEVEL 1 : Quarter Note & Rest, Eighth Notes

Gobble, gobble, gobble! Your little turkeys are going to gobble up these fun Rhythm activities! Practice with the animated video and play rhythms for a gobble, wobble time in your elementary music class.

Level 1 Thanksgiving Rhythm Activities includes tons of interactive materials to teach your younger elementary music students the quarter note, eighth note and quarter rest. The

Thanksgiving themed play along rhythm video, teaching presentation, flash cards, worksheets and google slides activities provide diverse learning opportunities for your students to have fun to READ-PLAY-CREATE rhythms.

This Thanksgiving Rhythm L1 set of activities and materials will keep your classes from getting too scary! Great for whole class and Stations! Best for PreK-2nd Grade

https://youtu.be/qIttGb1NvdA

Use the “Five Fat Turkey’s” music lesson to teach rhythms and melody.

Can’t sing in elementary music class? 

That’s okay!  Here’s three ideas for music activities where students can practice, create, and play rhythms. 

1-Rhythm play along

2- Create with manipulatives.

3- Create rhythm patterns and use them in a story for each character or event.

You can use the “Five Fat Turkey’s” Music lesson with these ideas.

GET THE FREE “Five Fat Turkey’s” music lesson HERE

FIVE FAT TURKEYS MUSIC LESSON

LEARNING GOALS:

  • I Can Play a Rhythm Pattern.
  • I Can Play an Ostinato.
  • I Can Create an Ostinato.
  • I Can Improvise.

CREATE AN OSTINATO

Teach the rhythm and melody concepts in the music lesson.

Assign students to work in groups (or individuals).

Each section of the song is 2 measures or 8 beats.

Students will play their patterns for 2 ms.

You may choose to have students create 1 ostinato for the entire song (First/Second Grades)

Ask students to create a rhythm ostinato for each section of the song. (per the worksheet)

Practice their parts.

The class sings the song as the performing students play their rhythms for each section of the song.

GET THE FREEBIE LESSON ACTIVITIES with the outline and worksheets HERE.

IMPROVISE AN OSTINATO

Teach the rhythm and melody concepts in the music lesson.

Students need to be able to play/sing the song without help.

Demonstrate playing an ostinato using a percussion instrument or body percussion throughout the entire song. (Play a 4 beat pattern)

Next, show the rhythm of your pattern using notation. Then have the students play that ostinato as you sing the song.

Ask for students to make up their own ostinato and teach it to the class. Have them show the rhythm, then play it.  Students can play alone, choose buddies to help them, or split the class into 2 groups.

The goal is to give students experience improvising.

GET THE FREEBIE LESSON ACTIVITY with the worksheets HERE:

Sing Play Create November elementary  music lesson freebie

INCLUDES:

  • Activity Lesson Plan Outline
  • Worksheets for student composing activities
  • Coloring sheet with the lyrics
  • Rhythm Cards for half, quarter and eighth notes, quarter rest- icons and rhythms

Alternately, you can add one of these Orff arrangements for another way to connect learning the rhythm skill practice with a song or a chant.

ORFF SONG “We Are Thankful”

Sing and play this meaningful Thanksgiving song “We Are Thankful”, which expresses gratitude for trees, body, families and friends and touch the hearts of parents, staff and students.

Perfect for a Thanksgiving music program, Classroom Thanksgiving Feast. Elementary and Music Classrooms. Orff and Kodaly applications, Mp3 files.

ORFF GAME SONG “Turkey, Turkey Where Are You Hiding?”

Liven up your Thanksgiving Music Class with this Kodaly and Orff Lesson Unit. “Turkey-Turkey” is a fun game song and Orff Arrangement.

Adaptable for K-6 with teaching slides for all concepts. Ink friendly worksheets and printables. Song is sung to “Black Snake” melody.

GET THE FREEBIE LESSON ACTIVITY with the worksheets HERE.

READ THIS POST for NOVEMBER MUSIC STATIONS activities.

I’m hoping that you’ve been able to gobble up these THANKSGIVING RHYTHM AND BODY PERCUSSION ACTIVITIES!

Sandra from Sing Play Create

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Elementary music teachers can use these Thanksgiving rhythm and body percussion activities as standalone music activities and lessons, or, as complete units over the month of November.

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