This week I began teaching the Miss White poem to my 1st grade students. They have been working on steady beat vs. rhythm and we are just starting to label our rhythm notes. This song is perfect, I think, because it has a lot of different rhythms throughout the whole song. The students can’t just memorize one pattern and repeat that, they have to concentrate on each line of the song. Feel free to use any of these ideas in your classroom. If you would like a copy of my powerpoint with manipulatives, worksheets, and other extras check it out in my TPT Store: Miss White
- Teach song while patting steady beat. Students and Teacher can take turns tapping the beat icons on the board and patting the beat.
- Introduce the rhythm icons students notice how the words with 2 sounds have 2 icons and 1 sound words have 1 icon.
- Review the steady beat and the rhythm
- Introduce the rhythms notes you use. For me this is Ta and Ta-di.
- Practice clapping the song with the rhythm notes, saying both the song words and the rhythm words.
- Use extra sheets to practice more rhythm note patterns.
- Review all of the above steady beat and rhythm concepts.
- Working either has a whole group or small groups, have students work to put the song rhythms in order. As a whole group I do this on the board with my powerpoint, in small groups I print out the rhythm cards and the students have to put them in order. We still do it step by step as a class, I say a sentence of the song and they have to find the rhythm that matches. Going one at a time helps the students to grasp the concept better since this is the first time we have done something like this.
Extra things that you could do:
- Rhythm Composition: I made little ghost rhythms. The students work in groups to create a B section of the song. Perform the original chant as an A part, then have different groups chant their rhythms. Giant Rondo form!!!
- Icon Worksheet: If you haven’t started working on the rhythm notes yet students can use simple icons to show the beat. I made a worksheet with the words to the song on it. Then I printed out a cutting page for each student. If the word has 1 sound they place the single icon in the box, and if it has 2 sounds, the double icon.
- Rhythm Performance: I made large ghosts with 4 beat rhythms on them. I print these, laminate, and cut out. Then I place them on the floor around the room. Students creep around the room while saying the poem, then at the end of the poem find a ghost. They read their ghost rhythm then repeat the process. Great for a rhythm performance assessment.
Feel free to use any of these ideas in your classroom. If you would like a copy of my powerpoint with manipulatives, worksheets, and other extras check it out in my TPT Store: Miss White