First Graders are learning to read and perform quarter notes (ta), barred eighth notes (titi) and quarter rests (shh). To practice these skills we created caterpillar rhythms.
1. The head of the caterpillar stands for "one, two, ready go"
2. Add one body piece and then perform the rhythm starting with "one, two, ready, go". By starting each time this way the tempo is established.
3. Next, add another caterpillar body part and repeat.
4. The tail stands for "The End".
(Teachers: You can get a version of this HERE).