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I pulled out one of my many trusty Cheryl Lavendar Bingo games. We played instrument Bingo using my antique cassette version of the instrument sounds. A good time was had by all and I think students were a bit surprised that they knew more than they thought they did when it came to recognizing an instrument by sound. Hmmm perhaps it was their miracle worker of a music teacher?!?! NAHHHHH!!
We continued playing the same game until each team had a medal. THEN we cleared our cards and started 'round 2'.
- 50 points for gold
- 40 points for silver
- 30 points for bronze
For this event I pulled out my handy dandy Denise Gagne flashcards and set them up on my easel with magnets on the back. Students had to read an eight beat rhythm and play it correctly on the temple blocks. Great way to assess who can play/read a rhythm fluently and who still needs help. As you can see I only had six rhythms for them to read so as we went from team to team, eventually we had students who played a rhythm that someone prior to them had played. IF they were listening they got the chance to hear it before their turn.
Scoring: This event was more of an individual effort so I gave each team member 10 points for playing their rhythm correctly. Teams could then add up all their 10s for a group score that would potentially equal the number of students on each team.
Yes, I know it sounds perhaps a bit ambitious but I wanted to see how well they could make this twist in their minds. I selected to sing simple 4 beat patterns using solfege syllables (although towards the end 4 beats had more than 4 hand signs... mwa ha ha ha ha ha) for students to notate on their easel with the hand sign manipulatives you see in the picture. When the student who is "it" for their team finished notating the melody they had to use their team mallet to play a sound on a metallophone set up in the center of the room. Yes it was a race to see who could get the gold!
Scoring: This was a tad bit more challenging than playing a simple rhythm so I decided to set the scores as follows:
- Gold = 20 points
- Silver = 15 points
- Bronze = 10 points