This page displays 16 beats using a patriotic design. It helps students with rhythm, tracking and differentiating between beat and rhythm. Tapping with either the chorus or verse of Yankee Doodle will take one entire page. Students can tap along on each beat as they sing or listen to a recording. Begin in the upper left corner and work across and down just as you would read a page of print. Classroom teachers will appreciate this musical reinforcement of directionality for reading.
Students can tap with their finger but I like to use some kind of small pointer. I frequently use stir-sticks such as found in the party supply section of many stores. They come in a variety of shapes and colors and really help to engage the students. They're apt to be more motivated with a flamingo or star shaped pointer!