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Music Tag


Music, P.E. & Health  


3, 4, 5, 6  

Title – Music Tag
By – Jamie Shaw
Primary Subject – Music
Secondary Subjects – Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – 3-6
Objective: Identifying instrument families

My 5th and 6th grade girls made up this musical variation of tag. You will need a large space to play; in warm weather I like to use a grassy area outside.

It’s a game of tag, with one or two people being “it.”
The teacher calls an instrument family (brass, percussion, woodwind, or string) and says go. The person who is “it” has to tag someone, and that person then becomes “it.” Here’s the music part: In order to be “safe” and not be tagged, a student must say the name of an instrument from the category called and then sit down. For example, if I call woodwinds and say go, you would have to say “clarinet” or “flute” (or another woodwind instrument) and then sit down so you don’t get tagged. Then, jump back up and join the game again. You cannot stay seated for more than 5 seconds. When the teacher calls a new family, you must say a instrument from that family and sit down to be safe.

This game will also work with other music facts, like note values or composers.

The kids loved this game because it got them outside in the warm weather, but I didn’t feel guilty because we were practicing our instrument families! If you have any questions or comments, be sure to let me know!

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