The Lowdown — A-Rhythm-Etic

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Let the beat go on. A resource in the Math at the Core MS: Ratios series points out that fractions are integral to musical rhythms. The activity starts with a video to motivate the class. Classmates then work in pairs to create rhythms and record them with expressions containing fractions.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Invite the music teacher to come and explain different time signatures
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should be comfortable adding fractions with unlike denominators
  • Discuss with the class the sum of the fractions in different time measures
Pros

  • Activity contains graphics to scaffold the work
  • Includes learning outcomes
Cons

  • None
Common Core