Q4W35-37 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd Grade

TeacherCatherine Holvey
Subject AreaElementary Music
Grade LevelKindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grade
Week #35-36
Unit of InstructionExploring Rhythm
Standard(s) Taught

Singing alone and with others.

Sing a song that has different rhythms throughout. 

Move to different rhythm patterns. 

Identify a steady beat in music. 

Play instruments alone and with others. 

Improvise rhythms. 

Critique performances. 

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will continue working on memorizing and performing Spring Performance pieces. 

Students will sing using their singing voices. 

Students will play on xylophones and percussion instruments with proper technique. 

Students will read rhythms. 

Students will be able to move to show different rhythms (half-notes, quarter notes, eighth notes) 

Students will compose a poem about a beautiful day after singing a song about spring and share it with the class (2nd grade). 

Students will perform an ostinato while other students are improvising on instruments. 

Students will identify tempos and move to different tempos. 

Classroom Activities

Vocal warm-up: Hello there!

Beat Buddy Exercise: finding and maintaining a steady beat

Solfege warm-up: Pig the Pug song using solfege (do, re, mi) 

A Good Ol’ Happy Song (Kindergarten and 1st) 

Spring Performance pieces practice: continue working on singing voices, memorization, pitches, and movements

Gypsy in the Moonlight (2nd) 

Shanghai Chicken (Kindergarten) 

Rhythm practice

Apple Tree (K-1)

  • Will review/learn about quarter notes and eighth notes
  • Play apple tree rhythm with sticks
  • Sing song with solfege hand symbols 

Rug Bug Rhythms (K-1) 

  • Big book page 62 (visual, reading) 
  • Play with percussion instruments
  • Quarter notes, eighth notes, quarter rests

Cat at Rest (K-1)

Rainy Day Rhythm (K-1)

Rhythm Land Activity

  • Students will walk around the room and show different rhythms depending on what “land” they are in. They will walk to show half notes, quarter notes, and eighth notes


  • Allegro
  • Moderato
  • Largo

Rhythms (2nd grade)

  • Dictation activity – students will listen and write what rhythms they hear

It’s a Beautiful Day (2nd grade)

  • Sing song, read lyrics in book (reading, cross curriculum) 
  • Discuss what would make a day beautiful and fun
  • Have students compose their own poems to go along with the song, share with class 

Xylophones (2nd grade) 

  • Call and Response exercises
  • Ostinato (Do to Sol or Do to Mi) 
  • Solo student improvisation 

Xylophones (K)

  • 1,2 Buckle My Shoe
  • Rests, quarter notes, following directions
  • Alternating hands, timbre, and audiation 

Xylophones (1st) 

  • Learn about Chord Borduns and Broken Borduns 
  • Wee Willy Winky
  • Noble Duke of York
  • Steady beat, melodic dictaion
  • V-I relationship 

Gypsy in the Moonlight (2nd) 

Old Brass Wagon (K-2) – folk dance, movement, American history



Assignments Due

Keep practicing for Spring Performance! Dates and class times are on the calendar. 

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