Catch the Beat

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This is an activity about music, movement, and math. Learners will start a rhythm pattern with 2, 3, or 4 beats. For instance, tap your foot, jump, clap, repeat. When everyone is following along, try the pattern double (or triple) time. For more challenge, divide into two groups: one half continues the pattern and the other doubles it. Use this short activity to focus attention: it’s easy to vary each time — just choose a different rhythm pattern. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:



  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
      • Patterns

Informal Categories

  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Physical Activity
  • Sports and Exercise


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Mixing in Math


  • , © 2010, TERC, Inc., MA., 2010

Funding Source:

  • NSF, ESI-0406675 and DRL-0713537