I love how many SO many ideas can be shared and gained via other people blogs and blog posts. It truly is amazing, I wish blogs were around when I first started teaching, the ideas really are endless! In fact, on my last post about Beat Strips Alisha (check out her fabulous blog by clicking here) replied about using beat charts for songs in kindergarten and first grade. This got me thinking, I've not shared these before, so here goes!
I have to admit, I can't take credit for the charts posted below. In my district there's a growing number of music teachers that have Kodály training (when I first started I was the only one, it's so nice to have colleagues with similar goals and training now!!!). A few years ago we started compiling a collaborative song collection. Jenna Olschlager, one of my amazing colleagues and FRIENDS made a bunch of these that we all now use in our teaching. Basically, there are charts that track beat and then there are similar charts that track rhythm. They are great for assessing students' abilities to differentiate between beat and rhythm and for their reading/tracking skills. Below is one example:
Beat Chart for Bee Bee Bumble Bee
Rhythm Chart for Bee Bee Bumble Bee