as a lesson, end of lesson activity, or beginning
the day's lesson for Kindergarten - 5th . A
great activity for the substitute teacher.
Use relay races to INTRODUCE ALL symbols, K-5th. After
seeing the symbol drawn, hearing the name, drawing it themselves,
saying the name themselves, seeing and hearing it drawn and
said by every member of the class, in a very exciting activity,
well, they always seem to work!
Divide the class into two teams. Students
race to the board drawing the music symbol, tagging the next
person while SAYING
THE NAME OF THE SYMBOL THEY DREW! (everyone draws the same symbol)
out the number of your turn, 1,2,3,4, etc.
(FOR EACH SIDE)
yourself and say ..(staff)........"
your partner and say ...(staff)......"
I say GO, tag the board and then tag the
next person and say GO." (Repeat until
game is learned.)
*Points are given to the winning
team AND to the team with the best
can be as structured as needed. Team ONE can lose
a point by being too loud, jumping out of chairs,
mocking the losing team, etc. (we don't just teach
music ya know.)
stop the game for errors! At the end of the game check for the team with the best
looking examples, they get another point. If there
were too many problems, do it again, immediately!
Suggested Order of Symbol Intrduction
double bar (stop)
scale (do<-> do)
d.c. al fine
grades can progress to notes on staves, 5yr. olds
draw notes "around lines" or "in spaces",
or, notes stepping up and down the staff, or, letter
names of lines and spaces (not limited to just symbols.)