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The Barnyard Rap is a fun-filled series of lessons that I’ve developed over the past twenty years to introduce and develop basic concepts in rhythm, tempo, pitch, singing /talking voice, song structure, and improvisation. It is suitable for grades pre-k through 2nd grade (possibly 3rd) whenever your curriculum introduces these concepts.
I start the lesson in the beginning of 1st grade and it continues throughout the year culminating in an original song/ rap. I then continue the lessons in 2nd grade as the students develop their ability to improvise and perform rhythm patterns.
It never fails to motivate my students as they rap like an animal!
Relevant Vocabulary: Beat, rhythm, pattern, tempo, introduction, refrain, verse, coda, lyrics, melody, pitch, improvise.
The packet you download will contain:
•An introductory recording.
•132 Pages of materials and instructions
•5 different versions of the original song in PowerPoint Show format. (If you don’t have PowerPoint – a link is provided to free software that will allow your students to view it).
•PDF files of the PowerPoint shows for you to print if you’d rather use paper copies.
•A separate audio file of each of the 5 versions of the song for your mp3 player/ computer or CD.
•4 recordings of drum track accompaniment for the students to practice at various tempi.
•48 audio recordings of actual animal sounds rapping in various rhythmic patterns.
•4 PowerPoint Assessments with student answer sheets for data collection and evaluation (Assessments can easily be completed without PowerPoint).
Some of my curriculum objectives covered by these lessons are:
•Students will be able to read, write and perform rhythmic patterns using quarter notes, eighth notes, and rests,
•Students will be able to distinguish between rhythm and beat in music,
•Students will be able to sing melodies that move in skips and with repeated notes,
•Students will be able to sing with and without accompaniment,
•Students will be able to produce and identify various vocal sounds including singing, shouting, whispering, talking,
•Students will be able to identify various parts of music including introduction, verse, and refrain in song,
•Students will be able to identify verse and refrain in songs,
•Students will be able to describe variations of tempo and dynamics in music and how they affect the mood of a song.