Lummi Sticks
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Objectives:

  • Work on steady beat
  • Work on listening skills
  • Work on watching skills
  • Work on “crossing the midline” skills (coordination)

    Materials:

  • Rhythm Stick CD (choose any track)
  • Lummi Sticks (2 per student)
  • An Up-beat CD (for steady beat / mirroring work)

    1. Introduce Lummi Sticks
    a. They are sticks that one can use to move to a song
    b. Show a set (2) of Lummi Sticks

    i. Show some ways that you can tap them together / on the body to show movements and sounds
    c. Tell students the Lummi Stick rules
    i. When you get your sticks they need to go on the floor in front of you. You do not touch them until the teacher tells you to.
    ii. The point is to tap the sticks, not to break them. If students are too rough with them they will get taken away.
    iii. Students who are not following directions will get their Lummi Sticks taken away.

    2. Students Sit in a Circle
    a. Have them either follow the leader over

    i. teacher leads and has kids sit down once they are in a circle

    Or
    b. Have kids form their own circle (with some teacher guidance)

    i. Standing up circle first (not a holding hands circle)
    ii. Look down where their feet are
    iii. Sit where their feet are

    3. Work With One Stick
    a. Review the rules while you hand out one stick to each student
    b. Have the students mirror your actions to the steady beat (CD of choice is playing)

    i. If they are doing well, hand out another stick
    ii. If they are doing poorly (not staying with the teacher or the steady beat), keep working with one stick

    4. Work With Two Sticks
    a. Review the rules while you hand out a second stick
    b. Have the students mirror your actions to the steady beat (CD of choice)

    i. If they are doing well, progress to the song
    ii. If they are doing poorly, keep up mirror actions

    5. Work With Two Sticks With the CD
    a. Tell students that they need to listen to the CD, for it will tell them what actions to do with their sticks.

    i. You will need to model the actions for them with the CD (do it with them)
    1. If they do well, try the same track a second time, but do not model as much
    2. If they do poorly, either model the same track again, or go back to simple mirroring activities (depending on what they are having trouble with)

    6. Hand in the Sticks
    a. Have students put their sticks down in front of them (not touching them with their hands).
    b. Tell students that those students who are following directions will get their sticks picked up first.
    c. Once their sticks have been picked up that student may go and line up.

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