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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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Halloween Card and Autumn Bookmarks

Halloween Card with Pencil

Halloween Card

Here is a simple Halloween card you can give to your students next week. All you have to do is print it on card stock and cut out. Then, using a ruler as a guide, cut the 2 light-colored lines on the cards with a craft knife. These slits will be where you will insert a pencil. I found these easy to cut out because there are no little tiny bits to cut around!

I’ve found I can buy very inexpensive holiday pencils at nearby dollar stores. The ones I’m using are 12 pencils for a dollar.

Alternately, you can insert a lollipop or a glow stick which can also be found in packs at dollar stores.  You can also tape on a piece of candy.

If you use the free pre-reading and on-the-staff Halloween and Fall music I’ve posted over the years for beginners, you will recognize the art. Your young students will enjoy figuring out which songs the art goes with.

If you or your students prefer Autumn related activities, below is a link to some fall-themed bookmarks I posted previously. If you’ve been following my blog for a long time, you will recognize them. In the past, I have written a short message and taped some candy on the back. There are four bookmarks on the page and with all straight lines, they are easy to cut out with a paper-cutter.

Fall Bookmarks

 

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Interval Worksheets

Today I am posting a set of interval worksheets for your students. They are fun to use in the summer because they feature treats that students enjoy in warm weather. Click on the name below each picture to print these worksheets. In Counting Intervals, below, beginning students learn how to count lines and spaces to discover how intervals are named.

Counting Intervals

Counting Intervals

In  Ice Cream Intervals, students will write the music alphabet using seconds, thirds, fourth, and fifths. This will be easier if students write the music alphabet on a blank sheet of paper as a guide.

Ice Cream Intervals

In  Identify Intervals, students will place a check on the ice cream cone next to the correct interval. Check out all the free worksheets in the Summer Treats series at this link.  

Identify Intervals

Sheet Music Sale

If you’re looking for some music for your students, I’m having a sale ($2.39 for a studio license) for four more days on four pieces of elementary and late elementary sheet music.  To see them go to my store here.  These are pieces I’ve used with my own students. They are “easy, sound hard pieces”, or music you can partly teach by rote. However, each piece has some challenge to improve their skills. Some of these have been posted before, but they are all updated in various ways and newly engraved to make them easier to read. Get them before they go back up!

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Summer Treats Roundup

With summer approaching soon, here is a preview of all the Summer Treats worksheets I’ve made over the years. Some come with black and white versions for students to color. Plus, all the rhythm pages have UK versions which are found on the UK page.

These can be used in summer music camps, in summer lessons to review theory, or at home. They span beginning to late elementary level, with one that reviews dotted quarter notes. It’s a great way to keep students from forgetting the music theory they learned this year!

Many of these are appropriate for an iPad or other tablet, so if you’ve never tried downloading a worksheet to your iPad, give these a try. Notability and NoteAnytime are my favorites because they allow multi-page downloads and have other cool features. The note story pages are a little small, but you can enlarge with area with your fingers. You can find these two apps in the iTunes store. I recommend NoteAnytime (also called MetaMoji) for teachers who use Android and other tablets that are not iPads.

To download the files above, click on each thumbnail. There is a link that will take you to the original blog post. Under each graphic there is a link you can select to download the PDF file to use with your students. Of course all my worksheets are free downloads.

Does anyone have an idea for a good worksheet to add to my Summer Treats collection? It’s been around a while, but every summer I like to add something new. Let me know and I will see what I can do!

Enjoy your summer treats!

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