I’m planning to do some rhythm dictation with my elementary students in groups this week, and liked the sheets I made at Christmas so much that I decided to come up with something for spring. I looked through a couple of my favorite silly song websites (if you don’t know about them, check out the Kididdles and Bus Songs sites), and this song caught my eye:
As they hear each phrase played, students color in pictures to represent the note lengths they hear. This song uses only whole, quarter and paired eighth notes, so the choices aren’t overwhelming for elementary students. Once students have finished this simple visual version of the dictation, they can use their worksheets to guide them in laying out rhythm cards that show the actual note values of the song.
The worksheet is available for download on my studio site. I hope to have more of these rhythm dictation sheets made soon! Anyone have any suggestions for songs that are easy for elementary kids to dictate?
Note: If you’re not familiar with this song, it’s sung to the tune of Polly Wolly Doodle. There’s a MIDI recording available on the Bus Songs website.