We reviewed the poem from Kindergarten while keeping the steady beat. I told them we were going to be detectives and decode the rhythm of the poem. (EXCITING!) They helped me keep the beat while I notated ta on the board. Once I had notated the beat for all 3 phrases it was time to decode.
I have got to remember to write things lower! I'm a little dense and keep doing it, so I bought a little green stool so that my poor little ones can reach. You would think that after 6 years I would have figured it out. BTW...is that not the cutest little bow!
We started by finding the silent beats and replacing ta with a rest. Once that was complete we moved onto beats with two sounds. Finally we played the rhythm of the whole thing using the words of the poem and ta's and ti-ti's. They loved this and it didn't take long to do. I'm sure you could extend this activity with instruments and in other ways but for this lesson it was enough.