As I was looking around Pinterest for some new ideas like the ones in my last post, I came across this blog http://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com/ She has some great game ideas! I was reading her post about Composing with Boomwhackers. I absolutely loved her idea! I just changed it bit to fit my needs.
So, the first thing that I did was to go to Hobby Lobby. Make sure when you go to take your 40% off coupon from your local Sunday paper or do what I did and download their free app which has the coupon code. Just show your device with the coupon to the cashier and you are good to go. :) I picked up a pair of wood cubes so that I could make my own dice. They were $1.99 and I received 40% off.
I then headed home and colored each of the dice to match the C Pentatonic boomwhacker and bell colors. Just remember to leave out the Burgers and Fries. Basically you have a red, orange, yellow, green and purple. I then wrote note values on dice. Quarters, Eighths, Halfs, Quarter Rest, Half rests.
What I'm planning on doing is having one side of the dice being a free choice. Allowing them a little artistic creativity. ;) So, the students will each get a piece of manuscript paper with a key on it. The key will have notes Middle C - G above the treble staff. These are all notes that my students in grades 1st-4th are familiar and very comfortable with. I will also have a rhythm key reminding them of note values. I will add that key to this post as soon as I get it done. I am planning on using this as a great review at the beginning of school. We will then get our instruments and perform our amazing compositions. As we get comfortable, I will begin changing the time signature. I would like to have a 2nd Level with sixteenths and dotted notes. Well, I hope that you can get use out of this wonderful game. Don't forget to check out http://ofortunaorff.blogspot.com/ which is where I adapted my idea from. She has some amazing ideas!