In this lesson plan on teaching rhythm and beat, students will become more familiar with trains and body percussion by integrating a transportation theme with music. Enjoy!
Name of the book: Terrific Trains by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker
Musical Concepts Taught: Beat, Rhythm
Musical Activities Taught: Non Tuned/Tuned Percussion, Body Percussion, Singing, Listening, Vocal sounds, Performance
Preparation (resources): Terrific Trains book; Traditional children’s songs: ‘Down by the Station’, ‘Little Red Caboose’ and ‘Little Red Engine’, train sounds CD
Note: You can find the lyrics to the train songs at this site - Train Songs Lyrics.
Desired Student Outcomes:
By the end of this lesson, the students will have:
- Learned about beat and rhythm
- Practiced body percussion, dance and movement, non tuned and tuned percussion, listening, and vocal sounds
- Learned to sing three new songs
- Performed a song in class in groups.