I found this book at an OAKE conference one year, and one of my friends suggested using it with rhythm sticks (I wish I could remember who that friend was so I could give them credit for the initial idea!) When my Kindergarteners were preparing rhythm this year, I decided to pull it out and try it.
My students had just gotten done playing the rhythm (or "the way the words go") on rhythm sticks, to the song "Apple Tree." I had them place the rhythm sticks on the ground, and asked them how many sticks they had.
When they answered two, I explained that I had a book about two sticks, and showed them the cover of the book. Then I began reading the book, in which Max finds several things around his neighborhood to tap his sticks on, like boxes and buckets. After the words "pat...pat-tat," I had students first tap their thighs to the way the words go, or the rhythm, and then I had them pick up their sticks and try hitting their sticks together. (You could also have them tap the floor...either works!) I had them put their sticks on the floor again, but then after every time Max made music, they picked their sticks up and said the text while tapping the sticks to the rhythm of the text.
This was a great way to prepare/ practice rhythm, and it's also a great way to discuss music with found sounds, or making music with things we find. It could also be a great transition into a Stomp video!
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