helping students feel the steady beat and the strong beat. We do the beat on
our laps, saying beat is steady to various songs.
is called “Frog in the Middle”. We pat our laps on the strong beat. It is challenging from some students not to tap the rhythm (the way the words go). The green frogs represent the strong beat.
kids thinking about frogs. I love how this book rhymes too. (Affiliate links included)
have been a great way for kids to learn to jump on the strong beat, especially
at the end of the song when they sing, “can’t catch me”. Instead of
keeping a steady beat and only jumping on “can’t and me”, some kids want to jump
on the rhythm “can’t catch me”.
feel the strong beat. For students who find this challenging, I walk along
beside them and clap on the beat. I have the rest of the class keep the beat on
their laps at the same time as singing.
the day in the middle to act as the frog. Students jump on the strong beat. On
the last word, the frog catches someone, who then becomes the new frog.
of the circle, but to save my sanity and energy, especially since I am usually learning
this with 1st grade and reviewing it with 2nd grade, I
hold my hand up in the air flat while the other hand with my puppet jumps on it like a frog to
the steady beat. It helps the students to see what they should be doing. I also
find students who are “getting it” and point them out, complimenting them on
their steady strong beat.
so I have made some you can print and laminate for your students. Find them at the end of this post.
often find other similar pieces at the dollar tree. Just change your rhythm and words to
fit the song. For the spider pieces I found, we will sing, “spider in the middle,
spider in the sea, spider in the middle, can’t catch me!” This will be so fun
I just got these today (November 11th 2017) at the dollar store. They have these felt like pieces (about 1-2 feet tall) all of the time! I bought 8 of each and plan to have a strong beat canon with them.
We could also derive the rhythm of each one. We could then compare and sort the rhythms that are alike.