Saturday, January 4, 2014

General Music Minute to Win It Games

As winter break is ending, I've been compiling rhythm games to play as a review during the first weeks back to school. I am planning to use these games with my 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade classes. Over the holidays, my family played some Christmas themed "Minute to Win It" games for the younger kids. It was so fun and everyone was engaged so I searched for music themed MTWI games. I found some great resources, adapted some for my age groups, and created some for use in general music classroom.

Rest Sculpting
Construct 3 rests from play-doh and arrange them from shortest to longest duration. If the student completes this task successfully, the team earns a point.
(Found at Heidi's Piano Studio post)

Treble Clef Van Goh
Draw a Treble Clef on the board using a visual cue. Correct? Team earns a point.
(Just a fun review for my 4th grade classes that made a treble clef ornament before break.)

A Bit Dicey
Using rhythm dice, roll the dice to create a measure of 4/4 time. Students may roll as many times as needed.
(Found at Heidi's Piano Studio post) Correct? Earn a point.

Rhythm Sorter
Solo cups are labeled 1-4 representing the number of beats. Students are to sort a set of ping pong balls with notes and rests into the appropriate cup. Correct? Earn a point.
(Found at Orchestra Classroom Ideas post)

Bean Bag Rhythm Toss
With rhythmic values placed on the floor as tiles, a student must toss a bean bag to the correct symbol as the rhythm values are called. The teacher must keep track of correct answers, maybe clear the beanbag if the answer was wrong. I also anticipate needing a student to collect the stray beanbags.
(You can get the "tiles" here)

Note Value Dice
Roll the value dice as many times as you can in a minute, answering the number of beats the rhythm receives after each roll. Teacher keeps track of number of correct answers in the minute. Correct answers? Earn a point.
(You can find a rhythm dice printable here!)

Staff Spelling (4th grade)
As a review, students will draw staff spelling words out of a hat and "spell" them on the staff board. Correct answers earn a point.

Rhythm Telephone- Group Finale Game
Everyone knows this game and it is an old favorite in my classroom. I thought it would be a great team game for the finale that requires everyone to participate. We may end up doing several minute rounds because they love it so much.

You can find more advanced MTWI games from these blogs:
Orchestra centered games: Orchestra Classroom Ideas 
Piano centered games: Heidi's Piano Studio
More piano centered games (and some for older, advanced students): Noteable Music Studio 

Lastly, here is a great timer that frees you up from keeping the time, lets the students see the time left and will build excitement in the onlooking students! Use it as full screen and listen for the buzzing when times up!

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