Like everyone else, I'm in the last few days of school. My students last day is June 5th and we have a workday on June 6th. One of my chores is to get my computers in order. As part of that chore, I found these pictures taken earlier this year (sometime in February/March) My second graders were writing a rhythm composition using quarter, eighth and rests.
I made a BIG deal about being composers, and gave them special paper. We folded the paper four times so that we had 16 boxes (beats).
I made a BIG deal about the "blank" spaces and suggested that they could either fill in the remaining four boxes with quarter notes or eighth notes OR they could draw a rest in each empty box.
They were so proud of themselves and took great delight in sharing their rhythm compositions with each other.