Activity Plan: Keep the Beat
As children "keep the beat," they'll be building listening and language skills in steady rhythm!
- Grades: PreK–K
- variety of rhythm instruments
- recorded music
Objective: Children will develop listening, language, and math skills by using musical instruments to keep the beat while saying their names, reciting rhymes, and singing songs.
Provide children with rhythm instruments and explain that they will use their instruments to tap out the beats of words and names. Using one of the instruments, demonstrate how to tap out the beats to "Hel-lo Chil-dren!" Now invite them to do the same. Ask them to use their instruments while saying hello to each member of the class. Which child has the most beats in his first name? Which child has the most beats in her entire name?
Keep the Beat and Rhyme
Invite children to choose a favorite classroom rhyme or poem. Then, ask them to use their instruments to tap out the beat as they recite the rhyme. Repeat the activity several times so they can practice and listen to the rhythm of the rhyme.
Keep the Beat and Sing
Provide each child with an instrument to play while they sing a favorite classroom song. Now invite half the group to sing while the other half accompanies them on the instruments. Take turns so that each group has a chance to sing and play music.
Choose two recorded musical selections for children to accompany with their instruments. Select one fast and one slow composition. After they have played along with each piece, engage the children in a discussion. Encourage them to explain the difference between each selection.
Curriculum Connection: MOVEMENT
Dance to the Music. Divide children into two separate groups. Explain that one group will play instruments to recorded music while the other group dances. Take turns so each group has an opportunity to dance and play instruments.
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