Jennie Graves at MSA West Elementary School here with another one of my lessons I wanted to share. This time I wanted to let you know how awesome Cardio Drumming is for students. I teach kindergarten through fifth grade.
There are many different routines you can do with cardio drumming; however, “The Baby Shark Song” has been my students favorite. The fifth grade students even loved this routine as a warm-up. The routine did take a little longer to teach for my kindergarten and first grade students. I have included the lesson plan as well as the video of one of my kindergarten classes performing the routine.
You can print this lesson plan here.
Suggested Grade Level: K-5 (depending on students). My 5th graders used this as a warm-up and loved it.
Purpose: I will work on my rhythm while maintaining a steady beat. This basic routine will prepare me for more challenging ones in the future.
- 1 Set of Drumsticks for each student (noodle quarters or wood sticks can be used as an alternative)
- 1 Exercise Ball for each student (or beach balls)
- 1 Base for each student (clear bucket or regular bucket)
NOTE: For this activity, I purchased 17.5 inch exercise balls and used 10 gallon buckets that are about 18.5 inches wide. As an alternative, you can use a laundry basket OR purchase smaller exercise balls or beach balls and use smaller buckets.
I also used an electric inflator to pump up each of the balls. This high volume compressor was powerful enough and made it easy.
Instructions for Cardio Drumming
I teach a cardio drumming unit once a year; however, once the routine is taught it can be used as a warm up throughout the year. Below are the written steps I use for the Baby Shark song.
To teach the actual routine, we usually sit in a circle and I teach the students the routine while they are sitting. This allows me to help any of the students are are struggling. This is where I also teach the students rhythm and how to count. I only do this at the start of the cardio drumming routine. I use the steps below. Here is a printable version.
Hit sticks together not on the ball. Switch from right to left side.
Hit sticks at the same time on the top of the ball (alternate right and left side to make it harder).
Hit the sticks at the same time on the side of the ball (cross arms to make it harder).
One hand behind your back, hit only one stick on the top of the ball (alternate right and left side to make it harder).
Hit only one stick one the side of the ball. The stick needs to stay still to hold the ball on place (alternate right and left side to make it harder).
Let’s Go Hunt
Hit sticks together above you head while walking around the ball and base.
Hit the sticks on the top of the ball while sliding (shuffling) around the ball.
Safe at Last
Hit both sticks on the right side of the ball and make a rainbow to the other side of the ball. Repeat on the left side.
That’s the End
Alternate right and left stick hits on the top of the ball. Alternate right and left sticks hits of the side of the ball. Repeat.
Variations: If necessary, students can be seated or kneeling during the routine or 2 students can share one ball.
Additional Cardio Drumming Activites
My fourth grade class had the challenge of creating their own cardio drumming routine to “Gummy Bear.” They were awesome. #ipsBExtraordinary #MSAWestIsTheBest @eatmovegrowLA @SSWorldwide @pecentral @OPENPhysEd @LAFitKids @LA_HPERD pic.twitter.com/mvSFhpdIPY
— Jennie Graves (@JennieLGraves) December 7, 2018
Whip and Nae Nae:
My second grade wanted to do “Whip and Nae Nae” for cardio drumming today. They did really well. @JphigHigdon @pecentral @SSWorldwide @LA_HPERD @LAFitKids @OPENPhysEd @eatmovegrowLA #MSAWestIsTheBest #ipsBExtraordinary pic.twitter.com/QDGCMYGiap
— Jennie Graves (@JennieLGraves) December 5, 2018
First grade starting to “Uptown Funk” during our cardio drumming unit. @JphigHigdon @eatmovegrowLA @SSWorldwide @pecentral @USGames @OPENPhysEd @LAFitKids @LA_HPERD #MSAWestIsTheBest #ipsBExtraordinary pic.twitter.com/xxn1RBWaDE
— Jennie Graves (@JennieLGraves) December 5, 2018
Cardio drumming to the “Chicken Dance.” @JphigHigdon @SSWorldwide @pecentral @eatmovegrowLA @OPENPhysEd @OlivierMallory #msawproud #IPSBproud pic.twitter.com/QWZgkLZ2ju
— Jennie Graves (@JennieLGraves) December 3, 2018
About Jennie Graves:
I am a Physical Education teacher in Plaquemine, Louisiana who loves crafting, my students, my family, and riding on the back of my husband’s Harley Davidson. I currently live in Addis, Louisiana with my husband Chris and our three kids: Abby, Wyatt and Kameron. This is my 15th year as an Elementary P.E. teacher. I got my Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from LSU. Go Tigers!
I totally love this !!! I am a preschool teacher and I am so in to this type of fun-ness! I am a big kid at heart ,I am always doing fun stuff like this. I also work in a nursing home and this is something I would love to do with my students and my residents.
Could you please send me an example of your unit plan? I’ve done a cardio drumming unit before… but I’m always looking for new ideas.
I am also wanting to start incorporating the cardio drumming this year but not sure how to get it all going. I would love to get a copy of your plans if possible?
Also, did you just get equipment from Walmart or something like that?
loved the videos. Got the lesson plan on the shark song. Could you send some of the others? I could not get the videos to play.
Hi I am a music teacher and believe students should be up and moving when at all possible. I’ve done bucket drumming and now have access to balls. This site is just what I need to get started with the students. Would you please send me your PDF of your lessons plans? Not only is this a fun activity but it gets the students up and moving and incorporates elements we use in the music class. Would love to incorporate this into an upcoming concert! Thank you!
Hi Sue! We recently updated this blog post to include a printable PDF of the entire blog, and also a printable PDF of the routine for the song. If you have any other questions or need any other information, let me know. Thanks!
These are fantastic! Do you have plans for the ‘choreography’ for the drumming songs? Would love more information. I am the youth coordinator at a community recreation program for individuals with physical challenges. Thanks!
Hi Kelly, we have added some information to the blog post and created a printable PDF version. If you do have specific questions about choreography I can try to get more information for you. You can email me at [email protected]. Thanks!
would love to try this!
can you send me lessons? please!
Hi Linda, we have updated the blog post and added a printable PDF of the entire blog, as well as a printable PDF of just the instructions for the drumming. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!
Hi could I also get the lesson plans emailed to me. Thanks.
How to download these activities
Hi there, were you looking to print the activities? We can send you a PDF version of the blog if you’d like.
These look great!!
I just watched your videos and they are fantastic!!! I want to put this into my P.E. curriculum. Would you please send me your lesson plans? I have never done cardio-drumming before, so lesson plans would be a great help to get started. Thank you
Send me your email and I will share them with you. [email protected]
are you able to me the lesson plans as well? I would love to use them.
The music teacher and I are are going to try cardio drumming for the first time. Would you please send me a copy of your lesson plan. We are starting from ground zero.
Please email me and I will send you what I have. [email protected]
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I LOVE THIS! I am starting it with my kiddos tomorrow. I wrote out my lesson and how I plan to go about my class but do you have a typed copy of the other dances? I so appreciate how the baby shark is written out.
Thanks in advance!
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LOVE, Would you send my a detailed email also.
Hi Debbie, I sent you an email with the PDF of this lesson. Let me know what else you need!
Would you be able to send my a sample of your unit plan. I am creating one as we speak and would love some fresh ideas.
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Thanks. I definitely want to try this with PE classes.
Can you please email the lesson to me so I will have it.
Hi Teresa, I just sent you an email with more details!