This is a PowerPoint Presentation file, complete with notes to make a complete lesson. The I used this lesson to introduce sixteenth notes this year in a lesson where I was being evaluated. Both the students and my principal loved it! Everyone was walking around singing the song with rhythm syllables for the rest of the day.
The lesson uses poetry to discuss the sequence of making a jack-o-lantern and then uses a very cute, simple song to reinforce the idea of that sequencing, with students being asked to only sing the last word of the song if the last step of making a jack o lantern has been read. (Note, the melody to the song is not included, but I found it through a simple Google search.)
You can easily develop this song through the Orff process if you have Orff xylophones in your classroom and this could be an entire lesson by itself.
You can go on and delve into some rhythmic reading that is sure to make you crave pumpkin pie.
Students will read rhythmic patterns first, by using iconic notation. (pie=quarter note, pumpkin= eighth notes, jack-o-lantern=sixteenth notes)
Then, students will match the icons with the words of the poem based on how many syllables are on the beat.
Then... students will match rhythmic syllables and notes to the icons. There are several slides to practice this with.
At the end, you may choose to add an improvisation activity.
The entire slideshow is animated so that only one rhythm is on the screen at a time. I use takadimi rhythm syllables, but because I am giving you the .pptx file, you may edit the last few slides to read tikitiki if you wish.
Check out the free assessment exit ticket that goes with this lesson.
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