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.
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.
11 If time permits: Review Letter R and Rockin Robin