As part of Music in Our Schools month, we are taking turns posting each day on one aspect of rhythm. Today is my turn and I am so excited.
I teach Junior Kindergarten through Fourth Grade at an independent (private) school. Therefore, my upper grades are third and fourth. I am going to share some ways to teach sixteenth notes today!
So many ideas!
The Orange or the Pizza?Say what? Yes, as sixteenth notes (and eighths, and triplets, etc.) are divisions of ONE, and subdivisions of the measure, which has already been divided into duple or triple meter. With me so far? Good. Bring in an orange and a knife, or a pizza.. trust me, orange is easier and smells better; you want kids walking in saying "what a nice smell" instead of "ewww.. smells like stale pizza".
This is where you quietly ask if anyone knows the name of that note? This is where I have the students turn and talk about what they just saw me do. Often their "kidspeak" during turn and talk is much better than my instructions and chatter.
Following this, we will read the rhythms of a song experienced in class and quickly discover the notes we were singing in (example) "Chicken on a Fencepost" had three sets of sixteenth notes! Then we sing more songs and experience playing and moving with sixteenth notes and then we are ready to create. This sequence should not happen all in one lesson; it takes time.
One of my FAVORITE games to play with this is from another blogger, take a look at Tika Tika Tic Tac Toe!
And just in time for St. Patty's Day this Friday, remember, too, a four leaf clover is ONE weed/clover with FOUR leaves!
For more ideas, here is another post I recently wrote on sixteenth notes.
Happy Spring (Almost... almost... almost.. can't wait!)!
If you are looking for a (wonderful) list of songs with sixteenth notes, with links to free music, Beth's Notes has it all! Click Here!!