This week in 1st grade music we are working on practicing our newest rhythm element, the "rest". We have learned that a quarter rest (we count it as "Shh") takes up the space of one beat, but there are no sounds on that beat. After doing a lot of reading, playing, clapping, and saying rhythms with our new rest, we started writing with rests today!
Each group got four dots (to represent the four beats in our patterns). They placed a fruit on a dot (a two syllable fruit like "apple" or "lemon" for two sounds on a beat, "ti-ti"; or a one syllable fruit like "grapes" or "pear" for one sound on a beat, "ta"). They could also choose to leave a dot blank, which would symbolize no sound on a beat (our rest!)
After making each four beat pattern, the group worked together to write out the rhythm of that pattern on their whiteboard. After I checked their group for correctness, they erased and wrote a new rhythm! The first graders did a great job with this activity. See the pictures below! Feel free to ask your first grader about the rhythm syllables we know in music. Which one makes one sound on a beat? Which makes two sounds on a beat? Which makes no sounds on a beat?
About Miss Hoop
My name is Meghan Hoop and I am a K-12 certified music educator. I love teaching at Marshall Elementary, where I get to make music with DK-4th graders every day!
Miss Hoop, as drawn by one of her former 5th graders. :)