This file is a great way for your young musicians to practice reading and writing rhythms while also learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. This is super easy to use, even for a non-music sub! Your principal and social studies teachers will love the cross-curricular aspect of the activity, and it gets the kids up, out of their seats, and working independently.
There are 10 cards included, which can be printed in color or black and white. Each card shows an identification symbol and a 4-beat rhythm in standard notation using quarter notes, paired eighth notes, two sixteenths and an eighth beamed together, four sixteenth notes beamed together, and quarter rests. These are then hung around the room for students to walk around and find. Each card is labeled with a symbol instead of a number so students won't feel pressured to find them in the "right order." As they find each card, the students will copy the music notes onto their worksheet, then write out the rhythm using whichever counting system you use. (The answer key uses Ta, Ti-Ti, Ti-ka-ti, Ti-ka-ti-ka, and Rest.) Then they can practice applying the rhythm to a given phrase about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. This activity is a great tie-in to use in music class in the weeks leading up to or following MLK Day in January, and would also be perfect for Black History Month in February.
Printing Tip: Please select 100% (not "Scale to Fit") as your print option when printing this file to keep the margins spaced correctly when cutting the cards.
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