Grade 4 Lesson 30 (updated)

In this lesson, you will:

  • Body Percussion Cristian – #8
  • learn #78 “Walk, Run, Ride a Bike” – uses 3/4 and 4/4 meter
  • learn about time signatures
  • review #72 “One Planet” as time permits
  • review #77 “Compost” as time permits

Supporting Resources


  • I can sing and move to music.
  • I can read and perform rhythm patterns.
  • I can explain 4/4 and 3/4 time signatures.

Teaching Procedure

1 Body Percussion Lesson #8

Learn body percussion #8 - Stomp - with Cristian.

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2 Read the Rhythms for Cristian's Body Percussion

Read the rhythms.

Practice reading the body percussion from the score.

3 Read the Words for "Walk, Run, Ride a Bike"

What is the song about?

How will walking or riding your bike instead of driving help the environment? Discuss.

4 Learn Song #78 “Walk, Run, Ride a Bike”

Listen to the song.

Play the video again and sing along.

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5 "Walk, Run, Ride a Bike" Changes Time Signature

Read slide 1 to learn about time signatures.

6 What the Top and Bottom Numbers Tell Us

Read slide 2 to learn about time signatures.

7 How Many Beats are There in 3/4 Meter?

8 Answer

9 How Many Beats are There in 4/4 meter?

10 Answer

11 Learn About Common Time

12 Compose Your Own Rhythm

Compose your own rhythm using the interactive rhythm composition tool.

Choose Level 2 to start.

You click on the notes or rest to enter them.

Then choose the instrument that you'd like to play them.

Press play, and try performing the new rhythm that you've created.

Try creating new rhythms and playing on new instruments.

Try other levels if you've learned more rhythms at school.

The song you will learn today uses both 4/4 and 3/4 meters.

To compose in 3/4 meter, try Level 5.

13 Put on an Earth Day Play

Today, you learned "Walk, Run, Ride a Bike."

Review the other Earth Day songs you've learned.

Download the script and put on an Earth Day play for your family.
You have learned the songs for scenes 1, 2, 5, and 6.

You could perform just the scenes you have learned.
But if you want to, you could learn the rest of the songs and perform the whole revue. Have fun, and remember to help protect our earth!

14 Review #72 “One Planet”

Review the "One Planet" song.

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15 Review #77 “Compost”

Review the "Compost" song.

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