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Music Measure Math may be used as a math center and/or as a music lesson. You will need one set of fraction circles (preferably 3.5 inches, consisting of 1 whole, 2 halves, 4 quarters, 8 eighths) per student (if possible) or small group.
The students are to pretend that the fraction pieces are music rhythm notes. The goal is to make different fraction circles (“music measures”) from the fraction pieces and translate the fraction circles into regular music rhythm notation.Each circle represents 1 music measure in common time (4 beats per measure, a quarter note gets 1 beat).
Afterward, they are to translate the fraction circles into regular music rhythm notation. Each circle on the Circles for Music Measures sheet has space underneath for writing the music rhythm notation of that circle. Each measure is separated by bar lines.
The students are then to clap those rhythms. If music instruments are available, the students can play the rhythms using rhythm instruments (such as rhythm sticks particularly for the quarter and eighth notes). They may also use pitched instruments, choosing which pitches to use. Piano and other music keyboard students may prefer to use just the black keys since those 5 pitches will have the tendency to not sound wrong from one pitch to the next.
I hope your students will enjoy working with the fractions and composing music at the same time!