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Steady Beat Pete

We LOVE Pete the Cat.  Earlier in the year we read, sang and moved to Pete the Cat: Rockin' in My School Shoes.  This quarter some Kindergarteners and First Graders got to sing "Four Groovy Buttons" with Pete.  After reading the book and identifying patterns, we listened to to song.  (Available to download here.)
Next we analyzed the song to find the strong beats.  We used the button patterns below to identify the first beat in every measure as the strongest beat.  Then we noticed that the third beat of every measure was pretty strong too.  We colored that beat pink.  Next students created their own patterns by coloring in the other buttons.  We used these charts as we chanted and sang "Four Groovy Buttons".

Teachers can get the worksheet HERE.
Download the song HERE.
See the video HERE.


  1. Thanks for this! I plan on reading this to my K-2 classes this week and created a worksheet where they can put a note value inside each of the 4 buttons to make a 4 beat phrase. We'll see how it goes! Thanks for all the creative ideas!