Q1 August 27-Sept 7 2018 (2nd Grade)

TeacherCatherine Holvey
Subject AreaElementary Music
Grade Level2nd Grade
Week #3-4
Unit of InstructionExploring Rhythm
Standard(s) Taught

Sing various songs while maintaining a steady beat and rhythm. 

Play and accompaniment while maintaining a steady beat. 

Perform steady beat and melodic rhythm using movement and body percussion. 

Perform various rhythms and notation. 

Compose rhythms. 

Sing with appropriate tone quality. 

Play a bordun and rhythmic ostinatos to accompany songs. 

Compare and contrast instruments (xylophones, glockenspiels, metallophones) 

Sing with an open relaxed sound. 

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will sing using their singing voices. 

Students will be able to find and maintain a steady beat. 

Students will be able to read and write rhythms in various meters. 

Students will compose their own rhythms for the class to perform. 

Students will understand the correlation between music and math. 

Students will perform on instruments with the proper playing technique. 

Students will perform a traditional American folk dance while singing and keeping the beat. 

Classroom Activities

Welcome, vocal warm-up

  • Hello There!

Beat Buddy Exercise

  • Finding and maintaining a steady beat
  • Imitating peers, listening 

John Kanaka

  • American Folk Song and Dance
  • Review words and motions
  • Teach folk dance and have class perform with partners
  • Assessment – listening, maintaining rhythm, following directions, teamwork 

Reading rhythms

  • Review/teach basic rhythms 
  • Have students practice reading the rhythms and composing their own
  • Have students perform rhythms with percussion instruments 
  • Go over different meters/time signatures 


  • Go over xylophone spots
  • Proper playing technique
  • “Hot, Spicy Tacos”
  • Add accompaniment and borduns
  • “Twinkle Twinkle” if time permits

Doggy Doggy music game if more time is needed

Assignments Due


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