Teach steady beat with Entry Kentry - a fast-paced passing game for grades 2-6. Your students will LOVE this ready-to-teach music lesson plan!
Learn the melody to Entry Kentry. Ask the students to perform the song phrase by phrase as you play the melody on the piano. When your students have learned the first phrase, move on to the next phrase. When the students seem confident, ask them to sing the song all the way through with you at the piano.
Teach the students how to pass the plastic cup (or bean bag). Ask the students to sit in a circle. Ask them to draw a big McDonald's 'M' in the air. Tell them, "This is the way you should pass the cup. Pick it up, and set it down in the shape of the Golden Arch."
Practice passing the cup. Pass the cup each measure (whole note). Ask the students to keep the beat (the whole note) on their knees as they pass the cup around the circle. When they are successful, try playing the music as they pass the cup.