Third and Fourth graders are great rhythm readers and even better rhythm song writers! In this activity students used their knowledge of note values to create rhythm patterns using body percussion. We used stomping, patsching, clapping and snapping in our songs.
Instead of using the traditional five lined staff, we used a four line staff. Each line represented one of the following: stomp, pat, clap or snap. Students then notated which body percussion element to use by writing the note on its line. Students created some fabulous songs! In the pictures above, students work with partners to create patterns and them perform them.