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Monday (but really Tuesday) Manipulatives

September 10, 2013

Yesterday was our first day of school. We all know how crazy that can be. I meant to share this yesterday so that I could be part of the Monday Music Manipulatives Linkup at Pursuit of Joyfulness.  Alas, it is now Tuesday.  Better late than never?

There are so many rhythm and pitch manipulative ideas out there. I thought I would share one I use for pre-rhythm. My Kindergarteners label ta and ti-ti- (or ta-ti, as I say it) near the end of the school year. However, just because we haven’t labels one and two sounds with their proper names and syllables, it doesn’t mean we aren’t working on the concept.

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If you have a SmartBoard, there is a wonderful product called Interactive NOW. Each CD-ROM contains at least six different activities at all different ability levels.  On volume 2 you can find an activity called Beat Box (Set 1).  There are four beat boxes into which you drag colored circles.  The students “read” the colors from left to right. The colors come in pairs: red/yellow and pink/purple.  I have the students say and clap the color names, identifying how many sounds each color makes.

 

Now here comes the manipulative.  While it is good for the students to read the pattens I create, or for individuals to come up and create a pattern, I want every single student to create their own pattern.  Enter the Math teacher.  I had an amazing Math coach at my old school who gave me an bag full of counting chips.  20130910_154928One side is red, the other is yellow. I give each student four chips. They get to “compose” (it is a great opportunity to start working in this vocab!) their own red/yellow pattern.  They must practice it, speaking and clapping.  We share our patterns with our neighbors, almost like a Music Think-Pair-Share. In later lessons I might give the students eight chips to compose longer pieces. The students can perform them on rhythm sticks or even on a glockenspiel set up in a pentatonic scale.20130910_154913

The great thing about this activity is that, once you have done it together as a class, it is a perfect activity if you do music centers. Provide a selection of instruments and see what the kids create!

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One comment

  1. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!



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