Today I’m coming to you with an action-packed lesson plan, perfect for reviewing and/or learning about sixteenth notes. Plus, it’s a great one for getting students excited about music class, especially when they know it involves a game and a chase!
Save and print the notation below for easy reference and for additional verses.

I’m working on making my videos more student-centered, so that you can use them not only for yourself, but also during class. I’d love for you to watch the video and let me know what you think of the format. I’m always open to suggestions!

MAZE GAME
I’ve written the directions below, but if you prefer, you can just watch the video to see how the game is played.
  1. Have students join hands and create two circles, with one inner and one outer circle.
  2. Place a chicken or egg puppet in the middle. Egg shakers would be perfect for this.
  3. Have two students stand in another part of the room, hiding their eyes.
  4. Choose two students from the outer circle and two students from the inner circle to be the arches.
  5. After you’ve chosen the students, everyone sings the song together.
  6. For extra movement, you can have the outer circle move clockwise to the beat, while the inner circle moves counter-clockwise.
  7. When you reach the phrase “Hello Susan Brownyo”, the circles stop moving, and the students you chose raise their arms to create arches.
  8. The students outside of the circle must now race through the arches to try to get to the middle first.
  9. Whoever gets to the middle and picks up the egg/chicken first is the winner.
  10. The winner gets to play again and chooses another person to play with them.
RHYTHM
To help students differentiate the sixteenth notes from everything else, have them pat the sixteenth notes, clap the eighth notes, and snap on the quarter note.
Some students may benefit from a visual aide, in which they’re able to separate each beat. In this case, beat boxes are a great tool. Click on the image below to download the visual, which you can project on your interactive whiteboard for whole-class use or print to use as a worksheet.

 

RECORDER
This song is great for practicing F on the recorder. The note is repeated several times, but the variety of rhythms will keep it interesting for your students. Try breaking the class into two groups, one group who sings and plays the game, while the other accompanies on recorder. Rotate groups frequently to keep students engaged.
The video below can be projected on your whiteboard for a reference to students playing recorder, while the rest of the class sings and plays the game.

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