1. MAKE RAIN - this is a popular sound activity. The students have to watch the person in front of them and copy what they do. The teacher stands at the front of the line and starts a movement. When it gets to the end of the line, start the next one. The idea is for the sounds to overlap and morph into each other. *Remind them to NEVER STOP A MOVEMENT until the very end.
A. Rub palms together
B. Snap fingers
C. Pat knees
D. Stomp feet
E. Pat knees
F. Snap fingers
G. Rub palms together
H. Softly blow out and return hands to your side. It sounds like a rainstorm!
2. SING - Of course, we can always sing the new song we just learned, or a class favorite. (If the door is open, we practice singing pianissimo)
3. GOODBYE RHYTHMS - I got this idea from the girls at What the Teacher Wants. They shared a list of fun rhymes to read/say together in line. I copied the rhymes and added the rhythm under each. Have the students clap the rhythm and say the rhyme together. I'm going to start them as echoes, then have them read them after they become familiar. This is a great way to reinforce the connection between words and rhythm. I can't wait to use it next year!
*Note: The images are not mine, all I did was add the notes below each one. Thank you Rachelle and Natalie for sharing!--Go show them some love at What the Teacher Wants!
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