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This is an active Four-Corners Musical Instrument Family game




K, 1, 2, 3  

Title – Instrument Four Corners
By – Tina Forrest
Primary Subject – Music
Grade Level – K-3

This is a great lesson for students who have been learning the instruments and their respective families.

Materials: Four signs, each with the name of one instrument family printed on it:

Percussion , Strings , Brass and Woodwinds .

This game is played much like the traditional 4-Corners game.

Place one sign in each corner of the classroom.

Start by calling out the name of an instrument(i.e. “Tuba”). Students move to the corner displaying the family that instrument belongs to. Students in the wrong corners sit down. Students in the correct corner continue to play another round, where a new instrument is called out. Hopefully, you will get down to one winner, although often, students begin to follow each other to the corners.

To make it a bit more challenging, I stop calling out the name of the instrument, and instead, play the instrument sound on my keyboard. The students must then figure out the instrument based on its sound, and also figure out which family, or corner to move to.

My students play this in Kindergarten, and they still ask to play it when they are in the 2nd and 3rd grade!

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