This week the fourth graders learned about meter in the Irish market place song "Molly Malone." They had a lot fun passing boxes on the beats of two and singing or clapping on beats of three. If a student happened to be holding the box when the lyric "cockles and mussels, alive alive-o!" came up, he or she had to make up their own market place cry. Curiously, many of these had to do with "bananas." Afterwards, we transferred the ideas about meter to the Orff instruments for a cool improvisation.
Homework -- complete the rainbow rhythm puzzle. Remember -- don't just assemble it. See if you can also clap it out.