Room 13 had made posters about helping the native birds of New Zealand. Creating a rap was another way of getting the message across as it was going to be performed at the end of term celebration.
Students were given the task of creating lists of words that rhyme and writing them in lines of poetry. Each line needed up to thirteen syllable beats. Too many and the line would have to be said too fast. Too few and the words would have to be stretched. It was a great opportunity for the students to build their vocabulary and grammar skills.
Simultaneously, body percussion was explored.
Students used their bodies to explore different rhythms and create beats. One of the first activities was to make their name into a rap.
The words to the class performance rap was decided on and students worked in pairs to edit the first draft.
Chatterpix was used to record individual raps and these were shared enthusiastically with each other. All the practise helped build confidence in performing and in making musical decisions.