Thursday, May 9, 2013

Centers: Musical Groceries

At the Musical Groceries center, students have two jobs. The first is to sort the plastic food items (purchased at Walmart) onto two plates: the Ta plate and the Ti-Ti plate (drawn with permanent marker onto two plastic dollar store plates).

Once they have sorted the groceries, they lay out four blank plastic plates and place one food item on each plate. On their worksheet, they draw or write the food items onto the plates. In the box underneath the plates, they notate the rhythm of their pattern. Next, they can play their patterns on an instrument, or even try layering patterns together and playing them simultaneously!

Click on the links below to download the materials:
Musical Groceries Poster
Musical Groceries Worksheet

To download a Smartboard version for demonstration, click here.


  1. LOVE this!!!! Thank you sooooo much for sharing! I will do this in my Food unit. This can be done as an extension to the book "Today is Monday" and/or Akin Drum.

  2. wonderful idea... quick question though, what is the picture on the worksheet with the rhythm ta ti-ti?

    thanks for sharing

  3. This is AWESOME! I can't wait to do this with my first graders next week!

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