Fall beat and rhythm activities for the elementary music classroom, and any music teacher who wants to help students learn rhythm and note values.
RESOURCES THAT WORK WELL WITH THESE ACTIVITIES
Music Lesson “Fall is Here”: Orff Arrangement, Solfege, Lesson Plans$4.50
Fall Music Lesson and Activity Bundle: PREK-K-1 Beat, Rhythm, Scarf, Kodaly, Orff$19.00
Music Steady Beat and Rhythm Charts, Cards, Activities L1: Fall Activities$5.50
Fall Scarf Activities for Preschool, Music Class, P.E. Movement Activities$3.50
FALL BEAT and RHYTHM ACTIVITIES
There are five games and 6 activity ideas to use in whole class or center activities.
I’ll be giving a quick overview of each activity that can be used with any rhythm flash cards.
BE SURE to get the full directions and cards as a free download.
FREEBIE RHYTHM CARDS AND STEADY BEAT ICON CHARTS
This free resource includes:
- Apple and leaf flash cards that equal (1) beat:
- beat chart, 1 sound cards (for ta or quarter note), 2 sound cards (for eighth note or ti-ti), 4 sound cards (sixteenth notes or tika-tika/tiri-tiri). “Z” rest cards and “Quarter Rest” cards.
- Apple and leaf flash cards that equal (4) & (2) beats: whole, half and whole/half rests.
Beat Card to use in the games and activities (the cards just barely fit on the page)
The following games and activities are meant to provide students practice saying and playing rhythms and/or assessment and pre-composing opportunities.
These activities work well with Kodaly, Orff and MLT methodologies. Students will have opportunities to decode, create and play patterns, create and play melodic phrases and demonstrate rhythms.
You may choose to have your students sing or “play” their “songs” as part of your assessment activity.
An extension idea might be to ask students to use their patterns as an ostinato part in a song or as part of your lesson.
The games can be used as part of a lesson or combined with other assessment activities. You may want to explain the felt sheets or papers used in game #3 and #5, unless you use the cards marked with Hearts
Set Up: You’ll need crayons and instruments for some of the activities. It’s recommended to print and cut out all the cards before students use them.
BEAT AND RHYTHM ACTIVITIES
ACTIVITY #1 BEAT CHARTS
Print the colored beat charts. Laminate if possible. Have students use their beat charts during their lessons. Use the beat charts in whole class activities or Centers.
Ask half the students in the group to play the drum while the other students tap the beat charts.
ACTIVITY #2 BEAT CHARTS
Print the black and white copies of the beat charts and ask students to color them. Have students use their beat charts during their lesson or in centers.
ACTIVITY #3 RHYTHM PATTERNS CHOOSE AND PLAY
Print the colored rhythm cards, laminate and cut out. Ask students to choose four cards to create a rhythm pattern.
Ask students to play their rhythms with hands, body percussion or instruments. Use as a whole class or as a Center activity.
ACTIVITY #4 RHYTHM PATTERNS COLOR AND PLAY.
Print the black and white copies of the rhythm cards. Ask students to choose four cards to create a rhythm pattern. Ask students to color their cards and play their rhythms with hands, body percussion or instruments. Use as a whole class or as a Center activity.
ACTIVITY #5 COLOR NOTE MELODIES
Print the rhythm cards on colored paper to match the color note system found on xylophones, bells, keyboards and color coded instruments.
Ask students to create melodic patterns using the colored cards. Consider choosing colors to reflect your scope and sequence.
For example: If you are working on so-mi only- then use “Green” and “yellow” for “g” and “e” notes. If you are working on “la” then add in “purple” or “a” etc.
ACTIVITY #6 COLOR NOTE PATTERNS
Print the black and white copies of the rhythm cards. Ask students to color them so that they can make a melody using their color rhythm cards.
You may want to select the colors ahead of time for students to use in this activity. For example: Use so-mi (green-yellow), or so-mi-la (green-yellow-purple) with do-(red), or make a Pentatonic scale with C-D-E-G-A.
RHYTHM AND BEAT GAMES
Game#1 Pair and Share
Hand each student a card. Ask students to pair up with someone and play their cards for each other. Switch partners as long as students maintain interest.
GAME #2 RHYTHM GROUPIE
Hand each student a card. Ask students to find 3 other students-get in groups of four (4). ( or assign them). Have the students play their cards and then complete a four beat pattern.
Game #3 Play the Pattern
Ask students to choose a card out of the pile of rhythm cards. Either have them play their card for you or a buddy, or get in groups of 2 or four and play as a pattern. You might try using a paper, felt, or a chair to show 1 beat. Line up 2 or 4) sheets of felt or paper and ask students to place their card on the felt and then play the complete pattern.
GAME #4 STOP AND GO
Ask students to sit in a circle. Choose 1-4 cards (think Time Signature). Play music. Pass the cards separately around the circle.
When the music stops, ask students to stand up and play their cards to make a four beat pattern. Have the class echo the pattern.
GAME #5 CREATE A PATTERN
Each student will get a flash card. The goal is to have students get into groups of 4 to make rhythm patterns, or to share their cards.
Place markers like a chair or sign around the room to label where students should gather in groups. Students begin by standing randomly in the room.
Play music. Students wander around.
When the music stops, students must get in a group.
share or combine cards to make patterns. Have each group play their pattern. Try using the felt idea in game #3.
I’m hoping that these Fall beat and rhythm activities help students learn rhythm and note values.
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