Instruments of the Orchestra - The Game!

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Anacrusic by Anne Mileski
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2nd - 6th
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Anacrusic by Anne Mileski


You're probably wishing you had the perfect introductory activity or station game to prepare your students for your orchestra instrument unit. Or maybe you've wrapped things up and are ready to assess, but need your students in small group work stations to get that individualized attention. Or maybe you just need that PERFECT sub tub station activity for instruments.

You're in luck! Check out Instruments of the Orchestra - The Game!

This is an amazing game for instrument prep and or practice, just to get kiddos familiar with the different families and names of instruments in the orchestra. This game works really well in a small group, with 2-4 players. I have used this with other instrument activities as a station rotation, or especially for stations in a sub tub! I recommend using this with older students, but you can remove some of the trickier cards to make the game as easy or hard as you would like.

**How the Game Works**

Start with everyone at the “start” section, with all the cards face down in a pile. The first player draws a card and moves to the appropriately colored space. The conductor card lets the lucky person who draw it switch any two players position on the board. The family cards force the player who drew it to go to that designated space with the instrument, even if it’s moving backward! Whomever lands on the final red space (it has to be a brass instrument!) first wins.

**How to Set Up**

-Print and laminate the game board and playing cards (decide whether you want to use cards with Family or Instrument titles) including the Family group cards at the end of each color or black & white set.

-I strongly recommend printing in color, but if you choose to print in black and white, be sure to print cards for each family with the appropriate color for the game to work.

-Make sure you have enough pawns for the number of players. I recommend 2-4. If you don’t have any to spare, you can find some on Amazon.

-I’ve included a set of student instructions (check them out in the preview!!) with pictures that you can print and leave if you are using this set as a station.

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