I Had a Cat (Grades 3-5)

Kids can practice rhythms with this song, where a new animal is added to each verse.

Listen to the song and hear how each verse adds the sound from the animal before.

Sing along with the song and listen for the animal sounds.

Create body percussion to match each rhythmic animal sound (clap, stomp, snap, pat, etc.) Can you match each rhythm to the correct animal? 

Rhythm 1

Two eighth notes and a quarter rest

Rhythm 2

Four quarter notes

Rhythm 3

Quarter note, quarter rest

Rhythm 4

Quarter rest, quarter note

Rhythm 5

Two eighth notes, two quarter notes, quarter rest

Rhythm 6