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Learning the values of quarter and eighth notes are a good solid foundation to start off, but when it gets to rests, understanding a beat of silence is a little different!
In "Give it a Rest!" students are introduced to the quarter rest, which is a note, but a note of silence. They watch "Give it a Rest!" from Music K-8 and then are given an activity -- try to decipher where the rest occurs in a musical example.
The students will be told how many beats are in the example and then a four beat percussive introduction is played. Students will be asked to dictate the quarter notes AND quarter rests in the musical example. The teacher can play this again for reinforcement (but for kids in upper grades, playing it only ONCE can be a challenge!). There are 12 examples, each one getting a little more difficult than the last!
You can run this activity in many ways:
- Student can write on whiteboards with dry erase markers
- Pairs of students can team up in a race to spell it out
- Use as a whiteboard/smartboard/IWB activity
- Print out cards of quarter notes and rests and have them line it up on the floor
- Any other way you find creative!
Enjoy this with your class and as always, if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment!