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In this game idea, students draw, identify and give facts about musical symbols
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Title – Music Box Game
By – Karie Saltmarsh
Primary Subject – Music
Grade Level – 3-8
- On your white/chalkboard, create 12-24 or more squares with whatever musical symbols you choose. Make sure each square is numbered.
- Divide your class in half.
- Both teams send one representative to the board.
You may choose “captains” to choose students.
- The teacher or designated student calls out a number.
- The student who draws the symbol from the corresponding box the fastest, gets a point. For a second point, they tell you what the name of the symbol is. For a third point, they tell you one additional fact about the symbol, such as “quarter note is worth 1 beat” or “treble clef is also called a ‘G’ Clef”.
- If the student who drew the fastest cannot give the correct information for the 2nd or 3rd point, the other student from the opposing team gets a chance to answer, giving both teams a chance to win points.
- After a few rounds you can double or triple points.
- I have a few rules you may also want to apply:
- No one goes twice, until everyone has gone once.
- If a team tries to give away the answer, the opposing team gets a point.
- If either team is talking too loud or talking at all, or has bad sportsmanship, the other team gets a point.
- Chalk/pens need to be set on the counter, tray or wherever chalk/pen’s go, before a winner (fastest drawer) is declared.
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