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.
Editable Binder Cover
Today I am posting a binder cover that you can personalize by typing directly on the PDF before you print it. It’s kind of clunky, but I’m sharing it anyway because it can be a real time saver. The editing part is kind of a hidden feature that you don’t have to use.
- Open the PDF in the latest version of Adobe Reader. (This is the same free program you probably use to print all of my material.)
- There are two text fields. (See the arrows above where I wrote Zachary and Piano Binder. You do not have to use my wording.)
- I formatted the text fields to be centered so you will be starting in the center of each field.
- Select “Highlight Existing Fields.” This will show you where to type.
- You should see a large blinking cursor.
- Type any text you desire, but it has to fit in the field. Adjust your wording to fit because to my knowledge you cannot adjust the size.
- If you have trouble seeing the blinking cursor, using the graphic above as a guide, click in the middle of where I typed.
- If you can’t get it to work use the method I mentioned in my last post.
Adobe Reader does not let you change fonts, size, and color to the best of my knowledge. Adobe designed the program to be used for filling out forms, not for designs! Maybe there is a way I don’t know about!
This makes a nice binder front or back for a new student. It matches the calendar I posted last week.
If you like editable PDF’s, let me know and I can make some more in the future.
Cherry Popsicles Funsheet
Cherry Popsicles Black & White
Does anyone remember a few years back when I posted some music worksheets with a “Summer Treats” theme? Well, I’ve always planned on adding more to that series, so here is a new one. This is for an average age beginner to learn some of the basics of piano. And I even made a black and white version that students can color.
I plan to add more to the Summer Treat set of worksheets, so check back. I found some in my files that I’ve never shared!
[Ed: Here are some I’ve made since this post.]
Blackberry Sherbet Dotted Quarter Notes
Candy Bar Lines (contains simple 8th notes)
The sheets I posted previously are for students who already know notes and rhythms. If you want to download them, I’m reposting them here for your convenience.
Summer Treats Note Story
Frozen Yogurt Rhythms
Snow Cone Signs and Symbols
For my UK friends. I also made some of these worksheets with UK terms and spelling. Here’s the link to my UK page.