I used these manipulatives first when I taught my 3rd graders "Great Big House in New Orleans" and they created rhythms to go with the song (it was a big activity filled with form, eight-sixteenth/sixteenth-eight notes!). I soon found that I could use them for a lot more purposes for different grade levels.
I added the flavors to the pies to help students reinforce their reading strategies and it was also fun to see their amazement that there were banana and lime flavored pies.
Some ideas on how to use them would be to have students sort each pie into sound (syllable) groups or to write the rhythm of the flavor on the back for a composition activity (i.e. my students were learning about eighth-sixteenth/sixteenth-eighth notes and the flavors Chocolate, Blueberry, and Blackberry were great for helping get the feel for those tricky rhythms). I'm sure you could come up with many more uses!
In this .zip file there are 2 PDFs, one with lager pie graphics and another in a table if you're into things that are symmetrical or need smaller cards for smaller hands. The pie flavors include Cherry, Pumpkin, Banana Cream, Peach, Key Lime, Blueberry, Chocolate, Apple, and Blackberry.
Please let me know if you have issues opening the file. Enjoy!
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