Many thanks to all of you who came out to the KC Federated Teacher’s workshop on Tuesday! I hope you enjoy perusing some of the hands-on learning resources on this site (as well as others) as you look for creative ways to engage your students! For those of you a little too far away to join us at the workshop, I’ll be sharing a series of “Sensory Spotlight” posts over the coming weeks, highlighting some of my favorite multi-sensory activities for the music studio. Stay tuned!
But first…. here’s a new game I used with my late elementary students at their last group lessons. We’ve been working on dotted quarter – eighth pairings this fall. It turned out to be a very timely review lesson right before we dug into our yearly Christmas repertoire – SO many Christmas tunes use that particular rhythm pattern (Silent Night, The First Noel, Frosty the Snowman, etc.).
We called this “Something’s Missing”:
Students picked a gamepiece (we used small gemstone markers), and placed it on the starting space. They took turns drawing one-measure rhythm cards and identified what one missing note (quarter, eighth, dotted quarter or half) would complete their measure, then moved their gamepiece to that note on the board. Here are some sample cards:
You can download the game file from my studio site (scroll down to find the file). The gameboard prints on 2 pages. To assemble, trim the inside margins, then laminate each side and attach with clear shipping tape. The last page of the file contains an optional graphic to print on the backs of the gamecards.