Saturday, January 23, 2010

Second Grade Week 2 -- Bate Chocolate

One of my favorite songs to do in second grade in "Bate Chocolate," a children's rhyme/chant from Mexico that happens to be a recipe for mole. Besides being fun to say, it also provides an opportunity to talk about the relationship between syllables in spoken language and rhythm in music. as well as beat and rhythm in the abstract. This knowledge is key to understanding musical notation.

Here the kids in Ms. Pak's class are substituting syllables of the song with chopsticks representing "tas" (quarter notes). Later we talked about dividing those into two smaller beats or "ta-tes" (eighth notes).

Homework -- complete the Ta/Ta-te worksheet

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