Warm-up (5-10 minutes)
- Echo teacher-led rhythm patterns (common time)
- Answer teacher-led rhythm patterns (do something different from the teacher, still in common time)
- Echo student-led rhythm patterns (common time); students initiate three rhythms and then choose another student to take a turn
Learn a new singing game or dance.
Explore the rhythm in a familiar song using classroom instruments. Discuss specific rhythm concepts (tempo, isolate specific rhythmic patterns, etc.).
Play a familiar singing game if there is time remaining.
It is not difficult to connect the musical actions in this sequence to skills and concepts in any given elementary music curriculum guide. The key, of course, is to find interesting, authentic, engaging singing games and to be creative in exploring songs (see 100 Ways to Repeat a Song).