A Rickety Rhythm
1 Hook/Attention Getter
Begin with inviting students to circle time and asking open-ended questions to get them to think about rhythm words. What song , poem, or chant they believe rhythm.?What does poetry mean to them?
2 Direct Instruction
Share the poem "Rickety Train Ride" by Tony Mitton from the Here's a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters.
3 Guide Practice
Guide students to notice how the word in the poem sound like the noises of a moving train. Then give yourself and each child a pair of rhythm sticks. Prompt youngsters to make the /ch/, /ch/, /ch/, /ch/ sound of a train as they circle their rhythm sticks hand over hand.
4 Independent Practice
Encourage students to tap sticks together in a steady rhythm as you slowly recite the poem.
Than allow students independently to play along with the audio version.
5 Wrap Up
I would review words that rhythm than explained to students that poems are all around us. I would review nursery rhythms encourage the students to identify words they believe rhyme .