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Using rhythm instruments with a story!
K, 1, 2, 3
This lesson plan is designed to teach students the concept of rhythm in a song, by listening to music and playing instruments to represent actions.
The goal of this lesson plan is for students to learn how to keep a beat with the music.
Required Materials: Variety of rhythm instruments (shakers, maracas, rain stick, wood block, finger cymbals) and a copy of the “What Would I Do”
song available for free at: http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_3329056
- Have the students watch Peter and the Wolf and talk about how each character was represented by a certain instrument.
- Tell students they will do a song where they select an instrument that will represent an action that happens in the story.
- Play the song What Would I Do? for the students so they can hear where their action in the story happens in the song.
- Select 6 students at a time and have each student choose an instrument to represent their sound in the song/story.
(1st student: action of rain, 2nd student: action of jumping in a puddle, 3rd student: action of walking in the mud, 4th student: action of hopping in grass, 5th student: action of skipping in the driveway, 6th student: action of running in the backyard)
- While these 6 students are using their instruments during the song, have the rest of the class do the actions in place (i.e. jumping, walking, hopping, skipping, and running).
- In the last part of the song, have the students play their instruments all at once.
Plan for Independent Practice:
- Assessment based on objectives: encourage the students to be creative in coming up with their instruments and rhythms but also ask them why they chose the instrument they did.
- Adaptations (for students with learning disabilities): many instruments are available for students with disabilities to play.