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Rhythm Dominoes – Two Levels

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Rhythm Dominoes

I almost didn’t print this new game, not because it is embarrassingly simple since that has never stopped me before. No, the problem is that in the easy version, the player who goes first always wins. But then I remembered that the reason we play these games is to reinforce music theory in a hands-on way, not to learn a life lesson. 🙂

Besides, as I played it with my younger students, I didn’t tell them and they didn’t notice. If they did, it didn’t bother them because I always let them go first anyway.

When I played the harder version with my older students,  we usually tied, and that is fine, too.

I also want to share how I made the printed dominoes strong and sturdy so they will last a long time.

So here is my version of Rhythm Dominoes, a simple way to reinforce or even teach, rhythmic values in 4/4 meter.

Levels

  • Page one is for early elementary and the second page is for late elementary.

Materials

  • White  card stock
  • Two different colors of colored card stock
  • Glue Stick (I used Elmer’s Xtreme®)
  • Strong scissors
  • Optional: Laminating film

Construction

  • Use sturdy card stock to print the page you plan to use.
  • Spread glue on the entire back of the printable. I used a liberal amount of glue stick. Do not leave any spots glue-free.
  • Carefully glue the printed page to a blank sheet of colored card stock.
  • Laminate the pages that are glued together and cut out the dominoes.
  • Repeat with the second level of the printed page, using a different color of card stock to help you keep the levels separate.
  • If you want to use this in group lessons, consider printing 2 pages of each level.

Directions

  • Mix up the dominoes and divide them between the players.
  • The youngest player goes first and places a double domino on the table.
  • The second player places a matching domino next to the domino on the table, connecting the two. Players may match with a note, number, or rhythm pattern.
  • Two numbers (inside the colored circles) cannot be matched together.
  • If a player doesn’t have a match, he/she skips a turn.
  • Continue taking turns placing dominoes on the table, snaking them around the table.
  • The first player to run out of dominoes is the winner. If neither player has a match, the player with the fewest remaining dominoes is the winner.
  • You can certainly make up your own rules to this game. Variations include passing out 5 dominoes to each player and putting the remainder in a pile to draw if the player does not have a match.

Objective

  • Students will learn to quickly identify rhythm patterns and notes of equal value in 4/4 meter.
  • Students will match rhythmic note values in 4/4 meter.

 

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Fun With Frogs: Fingers and Hands

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Fun with Frogs: Fingers and Hands

A teacher emailed me the other day asking if I have anything on my site for new students to use during the summer.

Well, it just so happens I have a young student who will be starting lessons this fall. So I have been working on a giant bundle of kindergarten through 2nd grade fun sheets. They can by use by students before they begin lessons or at their lessons.  All of these lessons use a frog theme. I’ve used Mr. Frog before, but this time I’m adding a lot more. My goal is to touch on everything a new student learns in the first few lessons, as well as some note practice for students who need it.

My young students love Mr. Frog and his friends Miss Frog and Freddy. The frogies love to hang around their pond in flip-flops and practice stepping and skipping on the lily pads. They travel, too. They were recently seen in the English countryside, where they were busy working on UK versions of their rhythm sheets. They have finally learned crochets and minims, but they are a little confused about demisemiquavers!

You might notice that I’ve posted some of these previously. However, they have all been updated with new matching fonts and in some cases, I drew new art. I tried to minimize the ink but still keep them cute. I’ve used red for the right hand and blue for the left hand.

Today I am posting the first 4 pages, which focus on finger numbers. Here are a few ways to use them:

  • Email them to your student’s Mom so she can work on these during the summer.
  • Use them at with as a Frog theme for summer lessons.
  • Use them at summer music camps.
  • Use on an iPad or mobile tablet.

If you think of any other ways, let me know!

I plan to post more frog related activities including the UK rhythm ones, so stay tuned!

 

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Funny Thanksgiving Food – B&W and Color

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Funny Thanksgiving Food Bundle

Maybe some of you are taking a trip on Thanksgiving, and want something to keep your children busy when they get tired of movies and computer games. There are also some home school Moms who can use this in a music lesson next week.

The printables I’m posting today are old, so if you have been following my blog for a while, you recognize them. After one reader alerted me on Facebook that the link was wrong in my Thanksgiving Round Up post, I decided to freshen them up and put them all together in one PDF for you. There are two versions, one for learning piano keys, and the other has the easier notes around middle C on the staff. Each one comes in B&W and color.

The pages in color were not meant to be printed out, but to be used on an iPad or Android. There are several child-friendly PDF annotating apps you can download for your device, such as Skitch, Jot, and Good Notes

However, if you want to print the color versions out, I suggest you print out just one copy of each. Put them into sheet protectors, and store them in a binder. Use page dividers to keep all the different printables organized, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Rhythm, etc. Use a dry erase marker on the printables, and you can use them over and over. If you leave the writing on the page too long it will not erase very well, so be sure to erase the marks before the end of the day. I got this tip from a teacher’s comment on my blog, and I think it’s a great way to save ink!

For those of you who do not know print out just one page of a PDF document, take at look at my FAQ here. Scroll down the page to find “How to Print on Both Sides of Flash Cards.” I give instructions on how to print just one page. If you want to know how to use Jot on your iPad, I wrote a tutorial here.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for the Jot tutorial, and I bought the Jot app myself. The free version of Jot will not work for this purpose. However, Skitch and the free version of Good Notes will work. If you want to save more than a couple of files on Good Notes, you will have to get the paid version. Skitch is a useful free app.

The black and white version is also fun to color on the iPad if you work one-on-one with a preschool child. If you find these iPad worksheets helpful, and want more, let me know!

 

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Thanksgiving Bingo for Beginning Students

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Thanksgiving Day Bingo

What do you do about piano lessons the week of Thanksgiving? I like to have a group lesson on Monday of that week, instead of their regular lesson.  And every year I try to make a new game as well as play some old favorites.

The game I am posting today is for beginners and first to second year students. I decided that since my group lessons usually have different levels of students, I would make bingo boards just for the younger ones who may still be in the pre-reading stage, but also include boards for students who can read music.  The first 2 pages of cards (4 game boards) do not have notes on the staff, but piano keys instead.

Sometimes I like to keep the easy cards separate from the harder cards, so for this game I printed the easier calling cards on different colored card stock. That way I can draw the easy cards for the younger students. The music symbols in all the cards are basic, but the second set does have a few more challenging terms as well as notes on the staff.

Don’t worry if your beginners don’t know all of the symbols. Help them out while they play, and they will learn them. Children learn a lot faster in a game than on a page of a method book!

I had fun making this game. I hope your students enjoy it! 

Material

  • White card stock
  • Optional: 2 different colors of card stock for the calling cards
  • Bingo tokens, enough for all the students to cover their game board
  • A bowl or other container for the calling cards

Directions

  • Print and cut out the bingo boards you want to use.
  • Print and cut out the teacher calling cards. Optional: print each set of calling cards on different colored card stock.
  • Give each student a bingo board, or let students share cards and play in teams.
  • Place all the calling cards in a bowl. The teacher draws a card and calls out the letter on the card and the symbol.
  • If a students has that symbol under the correct letter, D, A, or Y, he covers the square with a bingo token.
  • The first player to cover 3 in a row is the winner.
  • Students also like to play “black out”, where the first student to cover all their squares is the winner.

Objectives

  • To introduce new musical notes, symbols,  and terms
  • To reinforce musical symbols

Why I like this game

  • Students love Bingo
  • With only 9 squares, this is a very fast bingo game
  • Even beginning students can play

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