Friday, May 10, 2013

Centers: Meter Race

 At this station, students play against each other in a race to complete 4 measures of rhythm. Players alternate rolling the music dice, and add the rhythm on the dice to a measure on their own paper. They can only add the rhythm in a place where it will fit (ie. if they roll a half note, but only have one beat left in measure one, they can put it in measure two). If they roll a rhythm that they can't use (ie. if they roll a dotted half note but don't have a measure that has three free beats left) they lose that turn.

I put the music dice into little clear containers from the dollar store to keep the dice from getting lost in the room - students are to keep the die in the containers and simply shake them to roll.

Click on the links below to download materials:
Meter Race Poster
Meter Race Worksheet


To download the Smartboard file that can be used as a demonstration for this center, click here.


6 comments:

  1. Where can I buy music dice? I'd like to try this center.

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    1. I got them from Themes & Variations (Denise Gagne)!

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  3. I just finished a "Musical Yahtzee" game which needed dice like these, and made them all! $2 from Lowe's gets you a square dowel 36" long and then I just cut it up and drew the notes! (I got a lot more dice out of it!) i LOVE your idea for the clear container so they don't get lost!

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    1. Hi Jennifer,

      How did you cut your dowel rod?

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  4. Michael's and Hobby Lobby also sell square wooden cubes that you can draw on and do not have to cut the dowel. Just anothe r option. Thanks for these ideas! Great!!

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