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5.Nursery Rhymes Rhythm Exercises (From Beginning Rhythm)

Lesson 5

These are manipulatives that you can use to teach your students basic rhythms using nursery rhymes. There are three stages for each. In the first stage we become familiar with it. Students can clap the rhythms, play it on a percussion instrument, say it with you, and they can sing it and play the singing game.

In the second stage we have boxes for every measure, and the notes have been lighted out. There are two different ways you can have your students do this. They can either use a dry erase marker if you've laminated it, or a crayon or pencil if not. They can use the cards that come with it, and put it together like a puzzle. When they are done you can have them clap the rhythm.

In the third stage we have the same boxes, but there are no notes. Students have to figure out what the rhythm is on their own. They might use a sheet from stage one for reference if they are beginning students, or they can figure it out by themselves with the cards, or they can do stick notation.

(There are 6 more rhymes in 3 more time signatures in Beginning Rhythm.)

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