Syncopa (Eighth/Quarter/Eighth) Rhythm Activities with Alabama Gal

Dr Staffords Musical Cures
Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
Formats Included
  • Zip
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Eighth quarter eighth rhythm patterns (often known as syn-co-pa) can be tricky to teach. The folk song Alabama Gal lends itself nicely as a teaching tool for this rhythmic pattern set. This activity combines Kodály and Orff strategies to prepare or practice eighth/quarter/eighth, all in one kit. This kit includes:

  • A vocal score with directions for the dance
  • An instrumental arrangement, which is written in the Orff elemental style
  • Detailed lesson plans broken down into segments, with suggestions for using manipulatives for dictation or improvisation.
  • Reproducibles of pioneer girl beat icons, large rhythm patterns, a short written assessment, and an answer key
  • Three sound files that go with the assessment
  • A PowerPoint file that provides a breakdown of comparing straight eighth notes to the syncopated rhythm and how it fits with the beat. There is also a link to a Google Slides™ file for those who want to add it to their Google Classroom™.

This kit would be great for a summer school focus or the start or end of the school year when you can take the kids outside for the dance after they break down the rhythm pattern. The assessment can be used with a substitute because the sound files are included. Some students may prefer to use reproducibles instead of PowerPoint. You can also share the slide file with your students on your teaching platform.

****You will need a zip file extractor tool like WinZip or 7 Zip to open this compressed file.

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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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