Count the beats at the end of each verse.
Count the beats out loud.
Think up new ways that you could keep a beat, and sing your new verses.
Numeracy: Counting is numeracy! Cut out 8 hearts and have children tap on the hearts as they count. Take 2 away. Have them count the hearts now - 1-2-3-4-5-6.
In a study at Northwestern University, researchers have linked the ability to keep a beat to reading and language skills.
Read more here: https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2013/09/the-importance-of-keeping-the-beat/
Use the interactive below to model. (I do)
Have students help to create and decide how to play the patterns. (we do)
Have students create their own pattern with loud/quiet manipulatives from supporting resources above.
If you have either of these storybooks they make a great extension to the lesson:
Jump Frog Jump! or Froggy Gets Dressed.
Jump Frog Jump! - read, and play the title on a frog guiro each time it comes in the story. You could have the children be "Frogs" and jump each time they hear those lines in the story. (Story is read in the link)
Froggy Gets Dressed - sing "Froggy" on so-mi each time his mother calls, and sing his answer "What" on so-mi as well. Add sound effects to the sounds he makes as he's getting dressed, using any instruments you have available.