This lesson works well for any age from 1 – 5 years. Younger ones particularly enjoy the movement and knee bobbing, just omit the rhythm game and they might need a bit more help (with holding the coconuts etc.)
Older children will find it easier to grasp the rhythm work and they’ll really love the imaginative movement and exploring the different tempos.
This is a particularly lively lesson which always goes down well with anyone under 5 years. Its main focus is understanding and recognising contrasting tempos which is illustrated by the rhythm of horses hooves, walking, trotting and galloping. This music lesson plan is 10 pages long, including 5 printables which have been made with quavers, minims and crotchets for a European version, and with eighth notes, quarter notes and half notes for a US version.
This digital lesson plan focuses on:
- Recognising the steady beat and singing together.
- Recognising contrasting tempos.
- Tapping rhythms.
- Listening skills.
- Practicing minims, crotchets and quavers (half notes, quarter notes and eighth notes)
- Imaginative movement.
- Experimenting with a variety of percussion instruments.
These plans are not intended to read as a script, as everyone will have their own teaching style. More, I hope that they will provide you with in-depth guidance for a number of related activities that I have found in my years of teaching to be particularly effective and engaging combinations.