Connor and Ally have a new visitor to the train depot. He is getting ready for the Annual Inchworm Derby. Watch this next episode and see how a regular, or steady beat can help with measurement!

Get up and move

How cool is that!? We can use beats to help us measure time and distance! The steady beat helped Mr. Inchworm win the race! Download the “Inchworm Crawl Short” activity song and move your finger (acting like the inchworm) as the inchworm squeaks in the song. After finding all the squeaks, for a fun challenge, see if your “inchworm finger” can find the steady beat.


Wasn’t that fun! Now let’s listen carefully and analyze the music. First, download the Inchworm Squares Page and cut them out. Then, let’s keep listening to the “Inchworm Crawl Short” activity song until we can estimate or guess how many times we heard the inchworm squeak during the song. Place one “inchworm square” on the floor each time the squeak is heard. Count the squares aloud together. (Answer: Two groups of 8)


Great Job! Now let’s see how Mr. Inchworm used steady beat to measure distance. Download your Inchworm Race Track and see if we can help him win the race again, keeping the steady beat with the music. Find the starting line. The race will start as soon as you hear Connor singing.


We can learn even more from Mr. Inchworm. We can measure the length of any song by counting the beats. Let’s use the song “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” to measure how far the inchworm would travel in a new race. Count how many steps you take while marching and singing the song.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Gently down the stream, (a silent beat here, no word)

Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily

Life is but a dream. (a silent beat here, no word)

How far are you able to march while singing the “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” song? This answer could be many different lengths based on whether you sing/march fast, medium or slow. Be sure to count your steps as you go.


You have now completed the Inchworm activities!  By completing these activities you and the children have reached the highest level of Bloom’s taxonomy, encouraged STEM problem solving, all the while connecting concepts between music and math. Look for more math and music fun and more extension activities on our Facebook Page (Ally Dog Depot) or follow us on Instagram @mathandmusicmommy.

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