In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about pitch, tone and beat. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Pitch, Tone, and Beat topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching Pitch, Tone, and Beat
High and Low
Fill glasses with different amounts of water. Then hit each glass lightly with a metal utensil. Ask students to differentiate between high or low pitches. Why might the pitch change depending on how much water is in the glass? Discuss as a class. Then pour some water out or add some water to a glass and explore how the pitch changes.
Pose a challenge to your students. Play different songs on the computer or a CD player and have students move to the beat. Discuss how the beat starts, stops, and changes, and how we can move our bodies differently depending on the rhythm, tone, and pitch. Sometimes high pitches make us want to move faster, and low pitches sometimes make us slow down.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching Pitch, Tone, and Beat
Voices can be low, high, and everything in between. Have your child sing the lowest note he or she can. Then have your child sing the highest note. If possible, listen to an a cappella group together. Many colleges or communities have a cappella groups, such as barbershop quartets or choirs. Have your child experience how low and high voices can come together to create music!
Go on a walk with your child. Have him or her listen carefully to different sounds. Which sound is high? Which is low? Birds might make high-pitched sounds, while a dog’s barks might have a much lower pitch. What rhythm do your footsteps make? Challenge your child to change the rhythm of his or her footsteps.
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