Save the Turkey_Keyboard Version
Mr. Turkey here. My boss, Susan Paradis, made another version of the popular game, Save the Turkey. I think it’s a great game, because what’s better than a turkey? By better, I mean handsome and smart, not tasty. Anyways, play this game just like the other Save the Turkey games, which I don’t have time to link to. But you can do a search and find them.
I’ve noticed that when Susan plays this game with young children she does something odd. Sometimes, if it is her turn, she tells them if they can run to the piano and play the key on her card, they can take her turn. And all this time I thought she knew her piano keys. Maybe if she plays this game enough she will learn them! Meanwhile, she has to ask the children to help her out.
Click on the link (under my handsome picture!) to print the cards. There is only one page and it doesn’t use much ink. Take it from me, Mr. Turkey, this is a fast game that children love!
Shuffle the cards and put them in a stack on the table. Be sure the Turkey card is not near the top. The Skip a Turn cards should be evenly distributed. Player one draws a card and identifies the symbol. As long as they answer the card correctly, they continue to draw until they draw a Skip a Turn card. Then the teacher (player 2) does the same thing. Whoever draws the Turkey card has “saved the turkey” and is the winner. The game is short, so the cards can be shuffled and played again.
Thanksgiving Thanks Pre-reading Version
Here is the pre-reading version of Thanksgiving Thanks, a composing sheet for beginners.
You might notice that I’m now putting my pre-reading sheets in portrait orientation. I finally decided to stop fighting having to turn their binder sideways. Continue reading
Bats and Cats Keyboard Cards
Yesterday, when I posted the Bats and Cats Note Game, I said I would make some keyboard cards. I had no idea there would be so many requests for the keyboard cards, really too many for me to email. So I’m posting them here. To print, select the caption below the graphic above.
After I made the cards, I noticed they are in portrait orientation, not landscape like the board game, so set your printer accordingly.
I hope your beginning students enjoy it! And thank you so much for all the encouraging comments about this game! It is really great to feel appreciated!
Don’t forget the Bats and Cats Rhythm Game! Bats and Cats Game
It’s October, a Composing Activity
It’s October is a composing activity for early elementary and young beginning students. It has been a long time since I posted a composing activity and I have never posted one for this time of the year. The one I am posting today is easy enough for students who just started lessons.
Students can compose this on the black or white keys. Below the rhythm there are some “leaves” for students to write in finger numbers to compose their melody. Depending on the age, it might take more than one week, so take your time. Please feel free to use both hands. Each line can be labeled right or left hand. At first I had some of the stems going down, but I changed it so the young composer can make that decision!
This also helps students learn their finger numbers!
Animal Keyboard Matching Cards
I had so many requests for this keyboard version of the Alphabet Animal Clothespin Matching Cards. I think it’s because most of us get new students in the fall, and one of the first things we want to teach them is the name of the piano keys. When I give workshops, I list about 10 ways to quickly teach keyboard names. Now I have another activity to add to my arsenal!
You can try this with all elementary ages. However, sometimes a graphic representation of a keyboard is too abstract for preschool children. You will have to guide them more and sit at the piano to help them out. Children also forget from week to week. This activity is something teachers and parents can do to reinforce what students learn at the lesson. I also think it’s a great way to evaluate how well they have learned the keyboard.
To print, click the caption under the picture. That will take you to my website, where you can download this PDF.
- To quickly identify the names of the keys on the piano keyboard
- To work on eye-hand coordination
- To strengthen the fingers
- To enjoy a hands-on activity
- Regular size clothespins
- Animal Keyboard Clothespin Matching Cards, printed on card stock and laminated or covered in clear vinyl, and cut out
- This activity is for one student, but can be modified for more than one
- The teacher gives the student the cards and a supply of clothespins
- The object is to attach the clothes pin on the correct name of the piano key
Why I like this game
- It does not require a lot of preparation
- It is fast and can be played in a few minutes
- It helps to strengthen the fingers a little