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Golden Oldie: Save the Turkey

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Save the Turkey Set 1

Save the Turkey Set 2

Save the Turkey Intermediate

Save the Turkey_Keyboard Version

I tell students that whoever draws the turkey will save it from being turned into Thanksgiving dinner!

Save the turkey is an old favorite fast and fun game that students of all ages enjoy. There are cards for all levels of students, from children who are learning piano keys, to older students who should know all the key signatures! I am reposting the directions to this free game today along with links to print the cards. This is one of those games that is so easy I always forget how to play it. So be sure and print the directions and pack them away with the cards so you can play it next year. That is what I have to do!

Directions to Save the Turkey

Shuffle the cards and put them in a stack on the table. The Skip a Turn cards should be evenly distributed.

Be sure the “turkey” card is not near the top.

The student (player 1) 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.

The teacher may answer the card correctly or identify the card incorrectly (on purpose.) With younger students it is a lot of fun for the teacher to pretend they don’t know the answer. If the student knows the correct answer, they take the teachers turn. For older students who are working on time signatures, it keeps them paying attention.

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.

I like the fact that even a beginner can win. All they have to do is draw the turkey card! However, along the way, they will be learning or reviewing important musical concepts. Let your younger children win most of the time. They love it and it really helps make lessons more fun. But older students love a challenge!

 

How to Print

Download the PDF to Set 1. In the PDF printer setting, set Print Range to  page 1. You do not want to print 2 pages right away because page 2 is the optional back of the cards. Please note that the backs are only found in Set 1.

Print the first page on sturdy card stock.

If you want to print the backs, re-insert the page back into the printer (so you can print the reverse side) and set Print Range to page 2.

To print the backs to the other levels, open Set 1 again and select page 2. Insert the pages from the other set back into your printer to print the backs. That is a lot of trouble, I admit, so you may want to just leave the backs blank or buy some Thanksgiving stickers for the backs. It depends on how good you are printing graphics.

After printing, cut the cards out along the dotted lines. If you have a lot of students, laminate them.

If you want to keep the levels sorted for easy use with different students, use colored card stock or label the cards before you print them.

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Triad Tic Tac Toe

Triad Tic Tac Toe

Triad Tic Tac Toe

Triad Tic Tac Toe is a set of four cards to review chords and chord inversions. This is a very fast, 2-person tic tac toe game for late elementary and intermediate students. Only one card is used in the game, so you can play at different levels for each student. It can be used for review, or as a teaching tool to explain as you play.

This game is like a worksheet, but a lot more fun.

There are four cards in this set. The first and second cards include inverted triads, and the third and fourth cards are in root position.

Have you ever noticed that some students can play inversions without any trouble, but they just sit and stare when you ask them to name the chord. There is no doubt that learning to quickly identify inversions is a great help in not only memorizing, but in learning theory, improvising, or playing lead sheets.

In this game there is a very simple way to name an inverted triad. All you have to do is find the interval of a 4th and the top note of this interval is the name of the chord.

Objectives

There are several things the student can identify with this game. Students can:

  1. Identify the root of the triad.
  2. Identify the inversion in cards one and two (first, second, root position).
  3. Name the chord using cards three and four.
  4. Identify the triad with Roman numerals. (Use the first card in C major because students need to know the key for this skill.)
  5. Identify the slash chord name, such as C/E. (Use the first and second cards.)
  6. Identify the triads as major or minor (if they know their key signatures).

Material:

  • Bingo tokens, 2 different colors.  [Pencil erasers, pieces of colored paper, bingo chips.]
  • Two players use the same game board.

Directions for 2 players:

  • Print one game board on card stock. The first and second cards are more difficult, so it depends on the skill you are working on.
  • Give each player about 5 tokens of the same color.
  • The student goes first and identifies a triad of his choice. If he/she is correct, he puts a token on it.
  • This is repeated by the second player, with a different colored token.
  • Play continues in this manner until a player has a token on 3 squares in a row in any direction, including diagonally, as in a Tic Tac Toe game.

 

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Some St. Patrick’s Day Activities

Here are some ideas for St. Patrick’s Day that I have posted over the years. There are activities for notes, rhythm, piano keys, composing, and a game that covers intervals, notes, and vocabulary. I hope you find something useful!

St. Patrick’s Day Composing Activity

There are two composition pages, one for pre-reading students (or just very young children) and  a grand staff version.

Shamrock Keyboard Race Game

I’ve found the above game to be the best game to reinforce the names of keys. Plus, I’ve made this game with lots of different graphics so if you want to play it at different times of the year, there are other versions as well.

Pot of Gold Board Game

The link above will take you to the instructions on how to play this versatile game. The game includes cards for intervals, vocabulary, notes, and keyboards. That makes this a general, all-purpose game. If you like all-purpose games like this, check out RoboRama, which is a really fun year-round game, and a little different.

The above rhythm game is the one I’ve remade several years ago to look colorful, but not use too much ink. This game is good for older students. There are cards for 6|8 also!

The above worksheet includes 3 different versions for students to label notes that look that shamrocks. The ones in color work great on an iPad! There is a black and white version, also.

Clover full of notes is one of my old worksheets that I also remade to use less color ink. I should have kept the old one because this is a great worksheet for your iPad. And you don’t have to limit it to St. Patrick’s Day, because clover grows year round, after all! There is also a black and white version.

That about rounds up my St. Patrick’s Day material.  Adding all these links can be confusing for me. If you find any broken links, let me know. I hope you have you have a great week!

 

 

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Valentine Activities

It’s not too late to play a Valentine music game or play some Valentine music.  All of the material in this post are listed here on my page of free Valentine activities.

If you have middle or high school group lessons or a Valentine’s Day party, try this really fun Valentine game, Steal A Heart. I remade it a few years ago so that it is ink friendly. My teens love this game. Ledger line notes are included, but you don’t have to use them.

Valentine Board Game

Valentine Card Rhythm Hunt is a fast game you can play with beginners who are learning rhythm. I’ve made this game for every holiday, so if you don’t get to play it now, check out the other versions.

Valentine Card Rhythm Hunt

There is a 4 page (folded) Valentine’s card with a note story and a sudoku rhythm game. This makes a nice card to give students the week of February 14.

If you want to see more Valentine music activities, check out my Valentine page! There are links to some Valentine music, too.

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