I know we’re getting well into December, but thought I’d post one last Christmas-themed activity for anyone who might able to use it yet this year. I used this Christmas carol rhythm match activity in group lessons earlier this month:
These are similar to the 12 Days of Halloween rhythm cards I posted last year, but use the words and rhythms from familiar Christmas songs and carols. Given a set of lyrics, students must find the matching rhythm card.
These cards can be used in several ways. I used this activity with all of my groups, but tweaked it a bit depending on the age and ability levels of the students I was working with. Here are some ideas to try:
- Teacher speaks words and claps rhythm, students point out matching card and echo back, then place lyrics on rhythm card (good for beginners)
- Students match cards as a silent activity, then check match-ups by performing rhythms and lyrics as a group
- Teacher claps rhythm (no words), students identify the matching lyrics and clap back with words
- Teacher claps rhythm and speaks words, students echo back by clapping and count-singing
- Distribute cards and ask students to write the counting of the rhythm below the pictured notes (works best with laminated cards, can do this before or after a group clap-back activity)
- Use the cards to play “Don’t Clap This One“, using any clap-back/sing-back combination from above
I created 3 separate levels of cards. Level 1 uses only quarter, half, dotted half and whole notes. Level 2 adds paired eighths and Level 3 adds dotted quarters and single eighth notes. All 3 levels are available in a single file on the group activities page.