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“Quick Draw” is an old-west note value math game
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Title – Quick Draw – A Note Value Game
By – Bridget
Primary Subject – Music
Secondary Subjects – Math
Grade Level – 2-4
Objective: Students will demonstrate their knowledge of note values.
Split the class into two teams and have students count off. Call the number “ones” to the front and have them stand back-to-back. Each time you name a note, the students take one step away from each other (like a “shoot-out” from a western movie). You can have them add and/or subtract from note to note. For example: “half note + quarter note – quarter note DRAW! When you say “draw” (or “equals” or whatever word you choose) the 2 students face each other and give the answer. The one to answer correctly first earns 2 points for his/her team. If the other student also says the correct answer – 1 point. Incorrect answers = 0 points and if they say the correct answer at exactly the same time – I split 1 point apiece.
You can adapt this lesson according to the grade level and the notes they have learned. Add multiplication or division for upper grades; eighth notes and dotted notes if the students have learned them…I tend to keep it to three or four notes in each equation and I like to have the equations written down in advance for my own benefit! Start slowly until the kids get used to it and then shoot for speed! Enjoy!
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