Monster Rhythms: Sixteenth Note Practice and Composition

As we're getting toward the end of the year, students can do more independent work on the concepts they've learned.

A while back my 3rd grade students learned about sixteenth notes, and I was wanting to do something new and different when I happened to stumble upon David Row's blog post from January entitled: Music Monsters - Composition Game for 3rd Grade and Beyond.

Monster Invasion from David Row's Blog

Aren't those monster so stinkin' cute?!?! He even has tons rhythms all made up that you can print out on labels to quickly put together rhythms in his TPT Store!

While I would have loved to have found some super cute monster cut-outs like David's, I was not so lucky at out local Dollar Store. :-(

So, I came up with something different. Since this was my first time with this project I tried to keep it simple in case it didn't work out for my kids and I didn't want to use any colored ink.


I would normally share this through my Google Drive, but since this is not my original idea and I do not have David's permission, you just get this pic. ;-) BUT if you are unlucky at the Dollar Store, like me, you can find all sorts of free monster clip art on Teachers Pay Teachers and either using David's files or your favorite rhythm font, you can make your own! :-D

Some of my students are having trouble remembering that four sixteenth notes are four sounds in one beat. So I only used rhythms that are one beat-- quarter note, two eighth notes, and four sixteenth notes. I kept all my sixteenth notes connected, but we did review both ways we could see eighth notes written barred pairs and flagged pairs.

Using our cardstock-slipped-into-a-page-protector whiteboards, dry erase pens, and felt erasers we got to work setting up our boards to compose.

First, we set up four measures. We started with our time signature 4/4 and we reviewed how each or our sections or measures would need four beats. I had students draw four lines in each measure to show their four beats. I felt this would be a little easier especially for those students who were still struggling. We made sure we had our bar lines and double bar lines, and then we were ready for MONSTERS!

Just like in David's activity, students were able to choose their monster rhythms. I only had enough monsters for each student to have two.

After they "got rid" of their monsters they were able to fill their other two measures with any of the note values we had reviewed.

Some students/classes were super fast, and of course, others took quite a while in composing. I wanted to check through all students' work, and, if they finished quickly/accurately/and were able to read their four measures, they traded in their old monster rhythms for new cards.

In the picture below, you can see where (just like in David's activity) I had students show me where they used their monster rhythms. This student also had a few note heads they needed to write on the left side of the stems as opposed to under, but over all, they did a fabulous job!


While this student below forgot/didn't write their time signature when I took this picture, they were very proud of themselves for using the flagged eighth notes AND barred eighth notes as opposed to what they said were the "old" kind. :-)


Sorry about the brightness of the pics. I only had my phone on me and the lighting is not so great in that particular room. :-S

The kids had a great time composing! After writing on our "whiteboards" using two sets of monsters, students wrote out four measures of rhythms using quarter note, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes to take home and read to their parents. They were very proud of their work.

The quick worksheet I came up for that is on my school computer. I'll add pics of that later.

Thanks again, David Row, for a new twist on composition and practicing sixteenth notes!

And don't forget to check his BLOG for all sorts of awesome teaching ideas, videos, and links to great websites and resources!



Easter Sale!!!

In conjunction with many other educators (both music and regular classroom) and many artists, I am participating in a sale this Easter weekend on Teachers Pay Teachers!


I will be having my sale both Saturday (4/19/14) and Sunday (4/20/14), and I will be marking everything in my store down 20%. 

This will include my newest rhythm game "Bump!" which you can read more about HERE or you can click on the pic below.


You can also check out these games on my store through the links below!


Another rhythm game I'm super proud of and my students love is "Annoying Aliens".  In this game, students get to use their knowledge of rhythm to read four beat rhythms and they even must compose and read their own four beat rhythms to get through this game. A perfect culminating rhythm activity for this time of year where students really get to practice what they've learned. 

You can read more about "Annoying Aliens" HERE or you can go directly to my store by clicking the picture below. There are also various versions of this game available at my store and a bundled version where you can save by buying all of them at once!



Finally, I'm sharing what I've been wanting for a while now. . . 

This looks, well, awesome. ;-)



This product has been on my wishlist for a while but has never come on sale at a time where I was in a position to purchase it. Until now. Maybe. It has about a billion pages (I exaggerate. . . but only slightly) of fun looking activities that will help my students in learning about and practicing treble clef.  I hope Amy is planning on including it in her sale!!! xx <---That's me crossing my fingers.

Since this one is a little pricier, that's all I've allowed myself to purchase/wish for this sale time around. If it doesn't go on sale, I will have no problem spending the amount I've allowed myself! There's some awesome teachers and products out there, and I look forward to checking it all out! :-D


Bump! A Buggy Game to Practice Ta and Ti-Ti

**See end of post for other versions of this game available in my store!**

I have been working on a new game for my music classroom!

This is the time of year where I am finally done with concerts and can concentrate on really practicing all the skills we've been learning throughout the school year in music without much interruption beyond the occasional class that misses their block due to State Testing.

I've seen different variations of the game teachers call "Zap!" around on Pinterest to review math facts and reading and it sounded like fun! So I created "Bump!" because I wanted to use some super cute bug clip art I had and zap sounded like we were exterminating bugs (!), and also because I liked the idea of the bugs being in a parade celebrating the arrival of Spring and trying not to bump into one another.


The idea of the game is to be able to read a rhythm correctly drawn from a deck of shuffled rhythm cards and see if you can be the team/student with the most rhythm cards at the end.



BUT-- there are also some "Bump!" cards included in the deck which, if drawn, force the team/student to have to return all their bug rhythms back to the deck!


Whoever has the most bugs in their rhythm parade at the end of the game is the winner!

There are also a couple twists in this game that I tried out with different classes that need more of a challenge with the current rhythms they are practicing and they worked beautifully. The suggestions are listed in directions of the game.

I love this game for a couple reasons: 1) my first and second graders LOVED it as we did a whole class version of the game this week (I used the low color version that will be available in the TpT versions since I had to use my own paper and ink), and 2) you can make this game as long or quick as you'd like!  Super quick fun for a five minute filler at the end of class or great for smaller group play (after students know how to play it of course) for Music Centers or a game day.


***UPDATE 09/04/2017)*** Fans Only Freebies are no longer allowed on Facebook as per their user agreement. You can still get this version for free by following the link through any of the above pictures to a place on my Google Drive. Click on the arrow in the right hand corner to download your version for free! :-)

The particular version (Ta and Ti-Ti) I am linking all my pics to today is my "Fans Only Freebie" found on my Facebook page.  All you have to do is "Like" my page and click on the the pink "Fans Only Freebie" Tab, and it will automatically download right to your computer! It's that simple.

I am also making some more versions of this game for older students that will be available through my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  -- I have a half note version, a sixteenth note version, and I'll be working on a Ti-Tika (eighth & two sixteenths) and Tika-Ti (two sixteenths & eighth) version soon!

**UPDATE 04/19/14** Check out the links below for the latest updates with this super fun game!


Enjoy!