Before they say the norms I will go over the Success Criteria. A Success Criteria are things they need to know or do in order to be successful at the activity. I tell the students if they have been with me last or longer they have to say the norms and do the motions. If they are new to our school, they have to just do the motions, but can say the words if they like. I do have a PowerPoint running that has the words to all the norms.
I will go over the Success Criteria. I will have them "Mirror" (say what I say, do what I do) to review the definition of a steady beat. I will model how to say your name to a steady beat. I tell the students that we need to try to keep the beat moving and try not to have any hesitations.
In this week's lesson students sing the song without the teacher. I had them sing it three times. Then I opened up for solo singing. I only had students who wanted a turn to sing a solo.
We are still working on learning how to track the beat. Before we begin I will read the target to them and then I will model what it looks like. We discuss how you go from left to right and when it's time to go to the next line, you start back on the left side.
Next I go over how they will be getting their own beat chart. They need to find a spot on the floor. As they say the poem "Bee Bee Bumblebee" they need to tap the beehives. They will say the poem without me. As they say the poem and tap the beat I walk around the room helping those who are not able to track the beat. Then I had them turn their beat charts in. Next I had students go up to the board to show the class that they can track the beat. I called on students who I knew could do it. I wanted everyone to see what it looks like. I have students who really are struggle with this. I am not sure it's because they need more work on moving and feeling the beat (did a lot of this in Kindergarten) or is it because they struggle to read and they are trying to read the words as well.