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Name of Activity:
The Chicken Dance Drum Fitness
Purpose of Activity:To work on rhythm and maintaining a steady beat. This is a basic routine, preparing students for more challenging ones in the future.
Prerequisites:I usually complete a rhythm lesson with just the drumsticks on the floor first. This is where I teach safety while using drumsticks on the floor.
Suggested Grade Level:K-2
*Set of drumsticks, or lumni sticks for each student.
*Written Routine Steps (PDF)
*Video (see below)
Description of Idea
Once the routine is taught it can be used as a warm up throughout the year. Can be used for grades 3-5 as well.
To teach the actual routine we usually sit in a circle and I teach the students the routine while they are sitting. This allows me to help any of the students are are struggling. This is where I also teach the students rhythm and how to count.
Video (link opens new window to YouTube)
You can do this routine sitting or with noodles.
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