Whack-A-Note Games can be used to review concepts and be used in a game day. These activities also facilitate on-the-go assessment of which students have the concept and how the group as a whole is progressing.
Materials: Whack-a-Note file, projector, something for students to “whack” with. I use giant flyswatters from Dollar Tree but you can use anything including the children’s hands (beware of injuries if you go this route).
1.) Divide the class into three or four groups (as many as props to “whack” with.
2.) Instruct children to line up in relay lines.
3.) The teacher claps a rhythm from the page and the first person to “whack” it earns a point for their team.
4.) I usually go through every rhythm on page twice and then move on to a more difficult page (if applicable)
What’s really great about this game is that you can teach the procedures to your students once and then it can morph to fit whatever your students are learning. For example, my 1st graders can play Whack-A-Note with quarter notes and beamed eighth notes and my 6th graders can play it with notes from the treble clef.
These are Rhythm Versions I have created. All can be found in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.
Enjoy! I know my kids LOVE these games. Let me know if there is something I can help with or a specific version I can create for you. 🙂
Thanks for reading!