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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Create-a-Rhythm
Students should have been introduced to movements of different rhythms (i.e. walk, skip) and fast and slow speed/tempos (i.e. walk, jog) before doing this activity.
Purpose of Activity:
To allow the students opportunities to create their own rhythms and explore different ways to solve problems.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
Enough of a variety of different items which make noise so that each pair of students has one item; Examples of noise makers include balls that have bells inside of them or plastic eggs filled with pellets from a bean bag (tape the eggs closed); tambourines; and drums; Hands may be used if there are not enough items!
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

The students work in partners. Each pair sits together, with eachgroup spread out around the gym. Give each group a noise maker; challengestudents to use it to duplicate the rhythm their partner firstmakes. Remind each student to take turns. During the activity, you may wantto stop the class and pinpoint different students/groups who used differenttechniques and worked well together to create the same rythm. Some ideasinclude: counting together and sitting sideways to hear each other better.Allow students to periodically change the type of noise maker they have.

To challenge older students even further, ask them to work in smallgroups (3-4 students) and create the same rhythm, trying it first witheyes open and then with eyes closed. Added challenges for partners include:use your feet and your shaker to create the same rhythm as yourpartner/group; sit with your back to your partner and create the samerhythm; create the opposite rhythm as your partner; move only using yourfeet to the rhythm your partner creates.
Jeanne Bastasch who teaches at Harry Spence Elementary in La Crosse , WI . Posted on PEC: 8/16/2000.
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