Got a box full of percussion instruments? Work on rhythm reading together with the kids in creative fashions!
In "Out of the Box!", 4 separate lines hold 4 different classroom instruments -- tambourines, rhythm sticks, hand drums, and maracas. These instruments are all assigned different 4 beat rhythms and focus on quarter notes, quarter rests, eighth notes, and more techniques throughout the presentation.
To get everybody playing, shaking, and grooving, I place four stations throughout the room filled with the associated instrument. I then have a group of students rotate through the instruments throughout the activity so they can all get a feel of each instrument (no more "you get what you get, and you don't throw a fit...") Win-win!
You can run in the way you wish! You can have the students perform an ostinato by repeating the 4 beat measure, or have them read it in a canon, or just do it all together as suggested!
Or... you can have students write their own composition if you have an interactive whiteboard! How cool!
Included are the powerpoint file (completely editable and expandable with images embedded in) and PDF file as a static presentation.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them. Have a great time!