Lesson 3: The rhythm of the forest floor

Children begin their rainforest compositions with the forest floor and understory layers, creating body percussion rhythms to suit the movement of the animals within each of the two layers

Learning Objectives

  • Knowing that there are four layers of the rainforest

  • Using body percussion to make two different rhythms to represent the ‘forest floor’ and ‘understory’ layers of the rainforest

  • Recording rhythm using symbols or words

  • Considering the movement of the animals that live in each layer when making rhythms

  • Considering the overall structure and texture of the rhythms when they are put together

Lesson Plan

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Teacher Video: The rhythm of the forest floor


Rainforest floor animals
Rainforest understory animals
Rainforest rhythms
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