Friday, April 10, 2015

Popcorn - Beat & Body Percussion

Here's an engaging movement and music activity I recently created. It's useful and joyful in the elementary music or dance classroom as well as the regular classroom as a 'brain break' (especially on testing days).

Notes: The number of popcorn pieces on the stage floor indicate how many beats each action should be performed. "Pat' is done with hands, and 'tap' is done with finger tips. The visuals change on the last beat of the previous section/measure to allow processing time.

Integrate by helping children predict/recall the sequence of movement as well as the mathematical relationship between 16, 8, and 4 beats. Assess accuracy in performing with a steady beat. ENJOY!

The darling kids clip art was created and licensed by EduClips , and the stage background was created by EnAz. Thank you, ladies!

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  1. Your stuff is so beautiful! I'm sad that it doesn't appear that you've posted anything new for over a year...are you taking a break or have you quit music teaching? I would love to know what program you use to make your various projects and where you get your graphics. Thank you!

  2. Thank you for you r feedback, Les. This past year has been busy and difficult, as I made a job change and also lost my father. I haven't quit; I just needed some time to get on my feet. I'm working on getting another blog up and running, and then I will start posting more here. I mostly use use PowerPoint and Adobe Creative Suite for my projects. I create my own music graphics (and some clip art). I also buy/license a lot of clip art online.