• Grade 1: Rhythm and Meter

  • Performing and Composing Four-Beat Patterns

    Aim: How can we perform and create rhythmic patterns?
    Summary: Students read, perform, and compose four-beat rhythmic patterns.
    Standards: US 2, 3, 4, 5; NYC 1, 2, 3
    Modality: performing, responding, creating
    Materials: rhythm cards, manipulatives to represent note values (e.g., popsicle sticks, paper cutouts, etc.)
    Time Required: 15 minutes
    This activity is part of: Music Educators Toolbox

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  • MET K Instructions Rhythm
    1. Sing or clap rhythmic patterns in 4/4 meter together through call and response (using quarter-notes, eighth-note pairs, and quarter-note rests).
      MET G1 TW Rhythmic Patterns
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      Rhythmic Patterns
    2. Define 4/4 meter and explain that we have been performing measures of 4/4 rhythmic patterns.
    3. Using manipulatives (e.g., popsicle sticks, paper cutouts, etc.) to represent quarter-notes, eighth-note pairs, and quarter-note rests, model composing a four-beat rhythm. Emphasize counting the note values to make sure the pattern is exactly four beats. Perform the model composition together as a class by clapping or tapping the rhythm.
    4. Have students compose their own four-beat rhythms using the classroom materials.
    5. Arrange all of the class patterns in a line or circle on the floor. Have student volunteers perform their own compositions or those of their classmates.
  • MET K Going Deeper Rhythm
    1. Have students add lyrics to their rhythmic composition, using a theme such as food (e.g., “ap-ple pie yum” for nqq ) or nonsense syllables (“doo bee doo dah”).
    2. Divide the class in half. Let one half tap a steady beat while the other half performs rhythms from cards or slides. Take turns. You may also have individual students perform a rhythm, while the rest of the class keeps the steady beat.
  • MET K Video Rhythm

  • Performing and Composing Four Beat Patterns

    Summative Assessment Exemplar: Rhythm and Meter