• Grade 1: Rhythm and Meter

  • Put Your Seat on the Beat

    Aim: How can we explore meter and duration by composing measures of rhythm with our bodies?
    Summary: Students perform and create rhythmic patterns using their bodies.
    Standards: US 2, 3, 4, 5; NYC 1, 2
    Modality: performing, responding, creating
    Materials: four chairs, Teacher Worksheet
    Time Required: 15 minutes
    This activity is part of: Music Educators Toolbox

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  • Instructions   |   Going Deeper   |   Assessment
  • MET K Instructions Rhythm
    1. Review simple four-beat rhythmic patterns by clapping or tapping together as a class through call and response.
      MET G1 TW Rhythmic Patterns
      Download Teacher Worksheet:
      Four-Beat Rhythmic Patterns
    2. Place four chairs in the front of the room. Explain that each chair represents one beat in a 4/4 measure of music.
    3. Teacher calls upon a student to choose a chair and decide which note value they would like to represent: a quarter-note (sitting), eighth-note (share a chair with a friend), or rest (stand in front of chair). Have the rest of the class clap the rhythm that is represented in the chairs.
  • MET K Going Deeper Rhythm
    1. Play or clap a rhythm and have students create a representation of what they hear.
    2. Try this activity with different time signatures, such as 3/4 and 2/4.
    3. Notate on board with standard notation the rhythm displayed on the chairs.
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