Music Christmas Beat Strips and Composition Cards for Rhythmic Practice

Grade Levels
K - 6th
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This is one of the two December versions of my **Best Selling** Beat Strips for Rhythmic Notation and Dictation and it will be a fun addition to your classroom instruction during the holiday season! It encourages composition and additionally can be used for dictation and notation.

This file is a great instructional manipulative that your students can use for notation and dictation. Using a beat strip in either 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 or unmarked meter, students can compose rhythmic patterns or take dictation from the teacher. The patterns for 2/4, 4/4 and unmarked meter can be 4 or 8 beats in length and the patterns in 3/4 meter can be 3 or 6 beats in length. Additionally, these work great for rhythmic dication assessments!

In addition to the Beat Strips and cards, I've included a large set of cards and a "mini" set of cards that can be used for whole or small group instruction with or without the beat strips. These work extremely well for preparing unknown rhythmic elements, creating speech ostinatos (which can be easily transferred to instrument parts)

The cards come in four forms:
1. Picture only
2. Picture with text (label)
3. Picture with text & rhythm
4. Picture with rhythm

The rhythms are written in both stick notation and rhythmic notation with note heads. Rhythms included are:
* "ta" or quarter note
* "ti-ti" or eighth note
* "tika-tika" or sixteenth notes
* "ti-tika" or "ti-tiri" or eighth-sixteenth-sixteenth notes
* "tika-ti" or "tiri-ti" or sixteenth-sixteenth-eighth notes.

There are also two 2-beat pattern cards that include a sleigh full of toys and some Christmas carolers!

This is a great assessment tool for all grade levels!!

If you like this file, you might also enjoy:
Thanksgiving Dinner Beat Strips & Composition Cards for Rhythm Practice

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