This is a very simple idea for using boomwhackers. This was developed and tested by my husband Kevin with a group of students who had never learned any music at all. It was pitched at grade 4/5 level, but can work for students of any age. All you need is a whiteboard and a set
I use Mortinson Math blocks to illustrate rhythm when teaching beginners. “One” blocks are quarter notes in their normal position, but turned over (they are hollow inside) they become quarter rests. “Two” bars are half notes. And so on, any bar being a rest up-side-down. I use toothpicks (sharp ends cut off) for bar lines.
You can quickly come up with a series of words to do with a topic eg Dog breeds. Start the students off with some rhythm combination. Students match up the rhythms with he correct dog breed name. Students can then come up with other dog breeds and write down or match up the rhythms. They can