The first quarter seems to be mostly review for my kids. There are a few new things I introduce but more of it is content that we started last year and I find slightly more challenging activities. This past rotation we reviewed downbeat, bar lines, and measures in 3rd grade.
After working to figure out where the strong beats were in the poem and adding the bar lines, we used body percussion to practice 4 different instrument parts. For this lesson, I used a SMD melody so that we could review singing these patterns, finding them on the barred instruments and in some classes notating them on the staff (this was an extension that I did not have time for with all classes this rotation).
Pease Porridge Hot Rest Pease Porridge Cold Rest Pease Porridge in the pot nine days old Rest
S MM S S MM S S MM S S M S M D
Snap to show the strong beats.
Pat to show where the quarter rests are.
Clap the rhythm of the words.
Sign the SMD pattern in the melody.
Formation: Seated Circle
I set the instruments we were using around my staff rug. We used xylophones (SMD), lollipop drums (strong beat), triangles (rests) and rhythm sticks (rhythm). We transferred the parts to each instrument and then played them altogether while singing the melody. We rotated clockwise one instrument, reviewed the parts and performed it again. This process was continued until everyone had a chance to experience playing each part.