Community Level 1 – Acquainted

Materials: None

How to play: Participants stand in a circle. The teacher
establishes a steady four-beat rhythm through clapping or light
knee-slapping. To be sure all players are clear about the rhythm, all
count “1 – 2 – 3 – 4” aloud a few times. In rhythm, the beginning
person says:

“Here’s my rhythm – now, check my beat:”
/ / / / / / / / (student invents a rhythm within 4-beat tempo)

Group echoes the rhythm variation, without disrupting the basic, steady
tempo. Next player says “Here’s my rhythm…” and the game continues
around circle.

Plan for Success:
This game is difficult for children who have had little exposure to
rhythms but a great game to help introduce them to creating rhythms and
keeping the beat.

Variations: On the 8 beats represented by / / / / / / / /, the person creates a variation on the basic beat the group is keeping.