Keep the steady beat with a song about a beluga whale.
Beluga whale picture (printed or hand-drawn)
Adult-sized white socks
Listen to the song. Can you answer these questions?
What is swimming in the sea? (a baby beluga whale)
What color is it? (white)
What else swims near it? (dolphins)
SAY A beluga is a smaller white whale that lives in the coldest waters of the ocean, near the Arctic Ocean. It has a very large forehead.
Draw or print out a picture of four beluga whales. Can you keep the steady beat by touching each beluga while listening to the song? Let's try some different ways of showing the steady beat.
Tap the beluga pictures to keep the steady beat.
Play maracas to keep the steady beat. Do the maracas sound like waves?
Distribute blue scarves. Sway your arm above your head. Can you show the waves of the ocean by keeping the steady beat with the blue scarves?
Sing the song with a new "friend." Create a baby beluga whale out of an adult-sized white sock by stuffing it with newspapers, drawing a face and tying the end shut. (Make sure to show the beluga's large forehead by using a lot of crumpled newspapers inside!)
Perform this song with small groups keeping the steady beat. Switch parts to try everything! (Optional: If you have a rainstick, can you start and end the song with a big wave sound?)
The blue-scarf "waves" will sway to the steady beat.
The maracas' soft shake will play on the steady beat.
The baby beluga creations will "swim" back and forth to the steady beat.
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