Sunday, September 30, 2012

Halloween Rhythm Dictations

I really have to give my husband the credit on this one.  We were in Target, where I was picking out Halloween goodies for the choir, when I spotted some super-cute Halloween Erasers.  I quickly grabbed four types: skulls, jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, and black cats (60 pieces for $1.00).

In the check-out line, my husband assumed I was using them for some rhythm activity, saying, "Are the Jack-o-Lanterns tikatikas?"

Skull = ta (quarter note)
Black Cat = titi (8th note pair)
Ghost: shh (quarter rest - I might try "whoo" or "boo" for Halloween)
Jack-O-Lantern: tikatika (beamed 16th notes)

So I made this to print on cardstock and laminate.  Each student will get the board and a bag with two of each type of erasers.  They'll dictate rhythms I say or play, and I'll write some of their creations on the board to be played as a B section for a favorite Halloween song.  Boo!

You can find the board here: Halloween Rhythms

1 comment:

  1. I love this idea and the board that you made. Sure enough, I found the skull, cat, ghost and jack-o-lantern in the check out line. I really like how you made the spider webs to indicate the steady beat. Thank you for sharing!