This project was inspired by a Facebook post by Eric Whitacre, and is a creative and fun way to practice rhythms. The grid is laid out with 15 pre-determined rhythms. Using computers, student will choose a word or phrase that matches the rhythm, and complete each cell with an appropriate picture. These completed grids can then be spoken together as a class. I even use these for warmups in my choral classroom, and the students love it!
This package includes two versions (simple rhythms and more advanced rhythms) each in Apple Keynote and Microsoft PowerPoint formats. Each file includes a slide of instructions for the students. All versions are fully editable, so you could even make your own rhythm combinations. Also included is a JPEG of the example grid (not editable).
This project is especially effective as a group project using Google Drive. Students can collaborate on the grid together, and use the "Research" tab to easily find and attach pictures. The PowerPoint format loads nicely into Google Drive.
I have successfully used this project with JH and HS students. In my experience this project works best with about two days of in-class work time. If possible, students can finish the project outside of class if necessary. Works as a great project for when you have a substitute teacher!