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Using a jump rope rhyme is an effective idea to teach note values


Math, Music, P.E. & Health  


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Title – Jumping into Music
By – Dawn Moore
Primary Subject – Music
Secondary Subjects – Math, Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – 1-4

I teach the following to students before we actually jump rope:

      A quarter note gets one beat,

      a half note gets two,

      a whole note gets 4 beats,

    how many beats can you?

I pick one student to help me swing the rope. The class lines up and one by one take turns jumping or turning. The students MUST say the rhyme each time a person is jumping. Students try to outjump each other. My 4th grade class had 1 student that jumped 255 times without missing. By the end of the hour, students have learned the note values for quarter, half and hole notes. We then apply those values to rests and take the total number of jumps and divide by 2 or 4 or 3 any count of a note value to see how many notes they jumped. It’s a blast, and kids love it. Once they learn this, they never ever forget it.

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