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Rhythmic Travel Around The World

Tisa Craig
Polk County Schools


Students accompany songs from various countries on rhythm sticks. The CD used in this plan is -Multicultural Rhythm Stick Fun- -Kimbo Educational. (see Weblink)


The student uses simple maps, globes, and other three-dimensional models to identify and locate places.

The student sings a culturally diverse repertoire of songs (some from memory), with appropriate expression, dynamics, and phrasing.

The student sings music (some from memory) representing various cultures, genres (e.g., march, work song, and lullaby), and styles (e.g., of various cultures and composers).

The student knows music from several different genres and cultures (e.g., vocal and instrumental, African and Latin American).

The student understands how rhythm and tone color are used in different types of music around the world.


-Laminated World Map
-Stars or Colored Circle Stickers
-Rhythm Sticks
-C.D. Player
-Multicultural Rhythm Stick Fun CD
By Georgiana Stewart
Kimbo Educational
P.O. Box 477
Long Branch, NJ 07740


1. Select three songs from the 17 different country songs on the CD.
2. Locate the selected countries on the world map.
3. Listen to the selected songs and decide if you will use the tap patterns and dance steps as outlined in the CD booklet or modify the tapping patterns and/or dances.
4. Make sure you have enough rhythm sticks to give each child a pair.
5. Put up the world map.
6. Place the stickers or stars in a place easily accessible from the map.


1. Seat students before the world map.

2. Tell students we will be taking a field trip to other countries today.

3. Point out our present location on the world map. Ask students the names of our city, state, country, and continent.

4. Place a colored star at our location.

5. Ask children to listen for the location of the song as you play the first song of the three songs selected.

6. Ask the name of the country represented in the song.

7. Award the student with a different colored star or sticker and help him/her to place it on the country’s location on the world map. Discuss the country’s location in reference to our present location and ask for suggestions as to how we would get there.

8. Ask what instrument was featured in the song.

9. Before distributing rhythm sticks to students, show them the resting position (a rhythm stick resting against each shoulder held by hands separated so no sound is possible).

10. Show students how to tap the end of the rhythm stick by holding one stick straight out and still while they tap the end of it.

11. Remind students that once the song has ended they need to place their sticks on the floor before them so they are still and everyone knows their performance is over.

12. Model the playing and singing of this song. (Orchestration and/or Dance Steps are outlined in the booklet accompanying the CD).

13. The lyrics and playing procedures are repetitive and easy to learn. Encourage students to sing as they play.

14. Play the song a couple of times until students sing and play with ease.

15. While sticks are on the floor, bring students' attention back to the world map and introduce the next song.

16. Follow procedures 5-7 for the second and third selected songs.

17. Follow procedures 12 and 14.

18. Ask students to give the sequence of travel then review each song playing on rhythm sticks and singing.

19. Collect rhythm sticks, keeping out four pairs.

20. Next, from class roll, call each student and ask which song he/she would like to perform 1, 2, or 3. Write the number by each student's name.

21. Then call no more than 4 at a time to perform each song for assessment.

22. Before each performance, ask students to place their sticks in resting position.

23. Ask from which country their song comes and what color star or sticker is placed in its location on the world map.

24. Play the recording and watch as students perform their selected song.

25. Mark grades in grade book.

26. Continue until every child has been assessed.


1. Students will place their sticks in resting positions when not directed to tap the sticks.
2. Students play sticks appropriately (one stick stationary while tapping the end of it).
3. Students play in rhythm with the music.
4. Students follow tapping/dance steps in time without hesitation.
5. Students sing as they play.
6. Students can name the country represented by their song and dance.

Students receive a mark of S (satisfactory) if they can perform steps 1-6 with fewer than three mistakes. An N (needs improvement) will be assessed if the student fails to perform the dance and demonstrates no knowledge of resting position, proper playing technique, and is unable to name the country represented in the song. Students failing to meet the requirements will be taught one-on-one and reassessed.

Web Links

Web supplement for Rhythmic Travel Around The World
Kimbo Educational Publishing Company

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