Pumpkin Music Math
Today I am posting two Thanksgiving rhythm worksheets that you can start using right away.
My students seemed to know instinctively how to do these worksheets. Students add the quarter note in the middle to the patterns in each group and write the answer as a note in the blank. Try to remind them to use a note instead of a number. This way it is not as difficult to learn 6/8 meter later on.
Dotted notes are tricky to explain, but if you remind them that a dotted quarter note equals 3 eights (and keep reminding them), it makes it a lot easier.
- “One and a half beats” is confusing to young students who may not have learned fractions in school.
- “A dotted quarter note equals 3 eight notes” is easier to understand.
That is why the Kodaly method uses 3 eighth notes tied together to teach a dotted quarter note.
Are you looking for more autumn activities? Try these.
Hide the Pumpkins – a worksheet to identify notes and piano keys in several levels.
The Pumpkin Patch – a fast board game.
Kandy Key Signatures – students construct key signatures with candy corn. They can also draw them.
Pumpkin Notes – write the names of notes on the staff.
It’s October – 2 composing activities – on-the-staff composing and pre-reading composing.
Pumpkin or Leaves – a fun, very fast game using the piano keys to review or learn the names of piano keys.
For Thanksgiving games and worksheets, check out this link.
Easy Rhythm Bingo
Easy Rhythm Bingo Calling Cards
Not too long ago I posted a rhythm bingo game for older students with meters such as 3/8 and 9/8. An alert teacher asked me if I had posted a beginner version. Of course I thought so because I remember playing it. I have to be honest, however. After posing hundreds of files over the years, I can’t remember what I have on the site. As I looked through my website, sure enough, it was not there. Things came up, and it got lost in the Games That Never Were Finished file.
- To review rhythm patterns in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 time signatures
- Cards 1 & 2 have no 8th notes.
- Cards 3 & 4 have simple patterns using 8th notes.
Number of Players
- Two to 8 players, plus the teacher to draw and play the rhythm cards
- Game may also be played by one student and teacher
- Game board and rhythm card printables
- At least 9 bingo tokens for each player
- Print the game boards on card stock.
- Print the calling cards on perforated 2 x 3.5 business card stock or regular card stock. Separate or cut the cards.
- Mix the cards up so that the time signatures are mixed evenly.
- Give each player a Bingo board card and tokens. Students put a token on the “Free” space.
- The teacher draws a calling card, tells the students which time signature it is, and plays the rhythm.
- If the student has the rhythm, he covers it with his token.
- The game proceeds with the teacher drawing cards and playing the rhythms.
- The first player to cover all the squares on his board is the winner.
- To play with student and teacher, each player takes turns drawing and tapping the rhythm on the card. If that rhythm is on his card, he covers it with a token.
Why I Like This Game
- It is a good game to practice rhythmic ear training.
I’ve finally completed some of my older pre-reading Halloween pieces in portrait format. When I did this last year with the on-the-staff Halloween and Christmas music, I thought it was going to be so easy to rotate them from landscape to portrait. Well, it was not as easy as I thought. I had to start all over from the beginning. The only things I didn’t have to re-do was my drawings. However, the benefit is that we can put the pages in a binder without having to take it out to play or awkwardly turning their binder sideways. My parents and students really appreciate the portrait orientation, and I hope you do too! At the bottom of this page there is a link to the same pieces on-the-staff.
[Edited: I’m sorry to say I made some mistakes when I remade some of the pieces. I’ve tried to fix them all. Thank you so much for letting me know!]
What Will I Say on Halloween
Halloween Halloween PR
Halloween Is Almost Here
See The Scarecrow PR
Hey Mr. Mummy PR
Once A Year On Halloween PR
Five Little Pumpkins PR
Don’t forget most of these are also available as on-the-staff versions!
Updated Halloween Music
Animal Alphabet Memory Match
My students love memory games. Maybe it is because I have such a bad memory I never win!
I made this game for a student who is learning the notes on the staff around middle C. You might notice the illustrations are the same I’ve used in a lot of beginning activities. [A few years ago I wrote a set of short songs for each of these animals and the links are at the end of this post.]
- The object of the game is to match the alphabet letter to the correct note on the staff.
- Open the PDF in the latest version of Adobe Reader.
- Print the first page on card stock.
- Re-insert the first page into your computer and print on the back. (You might need to practice how to print on the back using scrap paper.) There is a tutorial in my FAQ page about how to print on the back of PDF documents.
- Laminate the cards for durability. Cut them along the dotted lines.
- Place the cards face down in a 4 x 4 grid as shown above.
- The first player turns over 2 cards. If they match he keeps them and takes another turn. If not, it is the second player’s turn.
- The second person continues in the same way.
- The player with the most cards wins.
- To identify the names of notes located around middle C.
- To improve visual memory skills.
- Young beginners through ages 7 or 8.
Grid to Help Young Children Play Memory Games
Young students often have trouble playing memory games because they don’t realize after they look at a card they have to put it back in the exact same space. I use this grid, glued to the file folder that holds the cards, to help them put it back in the correct space.
Memory Game Grid
Animal Alphabet Songs Teaching Beginning Notes
A is for Alligator
B is for Bears Playing Baseball
Pat the Cat
Dogs Eating Doughnuts (The Doughnut Mystery)
E is for Elephant
Frogs Wearing Flip Flops
G is for Giraffe
Don’t forget the cards that match notes using clothes pins. These are a fun manipulative for preschool children.