I have a jar of sticks in my classroom that have different rhythmic and melodic warm-ups on them. I have color coded the sticks, so that all the rhythm warm-ups are blue and the melody warm-ups are green. I allow a student to pick a stick from the jar, deciding our rhythmic (or melodic) warm-up for the day. I always reserved the right for "veto power," in the event that they draw a stick that I don't think will work well for the day or rhythm we are practicing. However, I rarely have to use it.
Here is what my sticks look like...
As you can see, some of the rhythm warm-ups in my jar are:
I Have, Who Has
Drop 4, Add 4
Four by Four
Over the course of the next few days, I will explain each of these in greater detail. However, today I am going to start with a class favorite... Tic-Tac-Toe!
My students LOVE playing rhythm tic-tac-toe, especially when it is boys vs. girls! This is a great way to help your students get practice with new rhythms. We always start by reading the entire board as a class, which is great for your students that need additional guidance or practice. From there, we divide up into two teams to see if one team can perfectly perform three rhythms in a row for TIC-TAC-TOE!
For complete instructions and a free sample board, you can visit my Teachers Pay Teachers Store at...
A great extension for this activity is to have students create their own boards. I often use this as a way to assess students writing rhythms. You can check to see if they understand note values and durations, make sure they are notating rhythms correctly, and also allow them to be creative! A template for building your own board is included in the Tic-Tac-Toe set on my TpT store.
My students always have a great time making their board and playing against each other. I have even caught students creating boards at recess!
Whether you are practicing quarter and eighth notes or tim-ka and tam-ti, Rhythmic Tic-Tac-Toe is a fast and fun way to get your students reading rhythms!