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A Music lesson on rhythm through creative movement
Music, P.E. & Health
T255 Teaching Music
Song: “The Beaver Song”
Musical Element to Teach: Rhythm through Creative Movement – being able to move to the beat.
Grade Level: Third
Concept: The students will feel the beat in the song and will also move their own bodies, however they want, to express the words of the song.
Objectives: The students will: Sing “The Beaver Song” after rote teaching procedures are used. Move with the rhythm of the song Make up their own actions for each verse.
A good imagination, a desire to have fun, and a big smile!
The teacher will question the students about beavers and how they get their work done, and lead students to the fact that beavers rely on their teeth to get lots of their work done.
1. “The Beaver Song” is taught through rote teaching procedure. The teacher will speak carefully about watching the actions taught, but to think about different ways to act out the words. She will also mention that the song as rhythm and a beat, and to remember to stay with the beat.
2. The teacher will explain that the class will sing the entire song together, with the movements, practicing to stay with the beat of the song – XXX XXX XXXXX=
3. The class will sing the song, acting like beavers and dancing in the desired places. The teacher will lead the song, and will alter her actions slightly, emphasizing that different things can be done to “jive” or “climb”.
4. The teacher tells the class they are going to sing the song one more time, and this time the class is to make up their own jive, climbs, and dance at the end. They just need to be careful to stay with the beat of the song – XXX XXX XXX.
5. The teacher will start the class again by counting to 3, and remind students to be creative and stay with the beat.
The entire class sings “The Beaver Song” while acting out their own movements to the beat.
Follow – up:
The teacher asks how they felt doing their movements. The teacher asks if it was hard to stay with the beat of the song while singing and dancing/moving.