In this lesson, you will:

  • create movement to beats in groups of 2, 3, 4, Learn about time signatures
  • perform rhythms in different time signatures and tempos
  • #60 “Love Somebody” – learn the song; sing, learn body percussion, instruments
  • play recorder melodies on the virtual xylophone
  • review “The Favorite Rag” – play a cup game
  • optional:  Color the Valentine note values

Objectives

  • I can show meter through movement and performance.
  • I can read melody and rhythms.
  • I can listen and respond to music.

Teaching Procedure

1 Play and Move to Beats in Groups of 2, 3, and 4

The teacher should play the patterns below on a drum or woodblock.
Mix the patterns up playing them in random order.

Students move to the pattern that was played, and when the teacher stops playing, freeze and make a statue shape.

The teacher should ask the students how the beats were moving. In groups of 2, 3, or 4?
The 5/4 pattern is given as an extra challenge for a strong class.

Have your students find something at home to use for instruments. In school, have them take out instruments.
Play an 8 beat pattern in the meters below. Have students echo.
Ask them how the beats were moving. In groups of 2, 3, or 4. (or 5)

2 Read About Time Signatures

3 Perform Rhythms in Different Tempos and Time Signatures

In this activity, choose rhythms in different tempos and different time signatures.

Choose examples that your students are able to read.

4 Review Recorder Melodies 1-10 on the Virtual Xylophone

Review as needed the recorder melodies 1-10 on the virtual xylophone.

In the upper left corner it says "Choose Song".

Select the songs to practice.

Choose new songs to learn (11-12-13).

If allowed to play the songs on the recorder, play on the recorder instead of the virtual xylophone.

Song Used: Love Somebody

5 Learn the Song "Love Somebody"

Listen to the song, then play the video again and sing it.

Love Somebody has 4 beats in each group, so it has a 4/4 time signature.

Because this is the most common time signature the symbol, C replaces 4/4.

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6 Love Somebody Rhythm Fun 1

We're going to do a body percussion activity with the song, "Love Somebody".

Start by reading the words of the song.

Next, read the rhythms of the song.

7 Love Somebody Rhythm Fun 2

Read the words of the song.

Add a stomp on beat one.

8 Love Somebody Rhythm Fun 3

Read the words of the song.

Add a stomp on beat one.

Add a pat on beat two.

9 Love Somebody Rhythm Fun 4

Read the words of the song.

Add a stomp on beat one.

Add a pat on beat two.

Add a clap on beat three.

10 Love Somebody Rhythm Fun 5

Read the words of the song.

Add a stomp on beat one.

Add a pat on beat two.

Add a clap on beat three.

Add a snap on beat four.

11 Love Somebody Rhythm Fun 6

Divide the class into four groups - drums, metals, woods, shakes/scrapes.
If you are at home, find things at home to use for instruments.

If in-person, substitute instruments as needed.

Have the drums play on beat 1.

Another option for students at home is to play all parts on a bucket.
Drum=side. metals=top. sticks=rim. snap=click sticks

12 Love Somebody Rhythm Fun 7

Have the drums play on beat 1.

Have the metals play on beat 2.

Bucket option: drum=side. metals=top. sticks=rim. snap=click sticks

13 Love Somebody Rhythm Fun 8

Have the drums play on beat 1.

Have the metals play on beat 2.

Have the sticks play on beat 3.

Bucket option: drum=side. metals=top. sticks=rim. snap=click sticks

14 Love Somebody Rhythm Fun 9

Have the drums play on beat 1.

Have the metals play on beat 2.

Have the sticks play on beat 3.

Have the shakes/scrapes play on beat 4.

Perform while saying the poem.
Then perform with just the instruments.

Another performance option might be to play all 4 parts on buckets: sides, top, rim, click sticks.
Drum=side. metals=top. sticks=rim. snap=click sticks

Discuss with the class how to create a final performance. Try it.
Do you like it? Is there anything you'd like to change?
Try it again and video your performance!

15 If Time Permits, Review the Cup Game for "Favorite Rag"

Find a plastic cup to play a cup game.
Watch the demo and try the cup pattern with the demo.

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16 Optional: Color the Note Value