This is an easy-to-use, baseball themed game for assessing how well your young and older students can recognize instruments by sight. It reinforces the four families of instruments (woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion) and the names for the individual instruments. This is a beautiful game with tons of baseball photographs. It is so easy to use, you can leave it for a sub as long as they have computer access.
Identify the instruments of the orchestra by sight to earn a home run (one point) for your team. There are twenty questions in this game, five for each family of instruments – woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion.
The winner is the team that has made the most home runs at the end of the game.
HOW TO PLAY:
1. On each question, teacher says, “Go!”
2. Students work in their teams to identify the instrument pictured. Give them 20-30 seconds to work together to answer the question.
3. As soon as the teacher says, “Go,” students begin figuring out the instrument name. When someone in the team thinks they know it, they raise their hand. The leader asks what they think it is. The person with their hand raised tells the instrument and how they figured it out (i.e. “I saw it was a huge stringed instrument that he had to stand up to play. I knew it had to be the string bass.”)
4. The leader says, “Let’s vote.” Teammates show thumbs up or down. If a majority agrees, the card holder selects that answer, making sure to keep it hidden from the other teams.
5. Teacher says, “SHOW ME YOUR ANSWERS!” Card holders for each team hold up the answers. THEY MUST keep their answers showing until you get to the answer slide so you can remember who gets the points.
6. Teams that answer correctly hit a home run, earning points to add to the scoreboard.
7. At the end of the game, tally the points. The team with the most points wins!
*Rearrange students as needed to account for the variety of skill levels. If students are getting discouraged, declare a winner right where you are in the game, rearrange the students into new teams, and continue the game! *
Included in this .zip folder:
1. The game “Name That Instrument! – Home Run Derby” for PowerPoint
2. Teacher Instructions page (that is this page you are reading now!)
3. Printable Answer Cards
4. Printable Scorecard
5. REVIEW OF INSTRUMENTS to be used as needed.
This is a PowerPoint file. If you cannot open PowerPoint files, please try the following links for Smart Notebook games:
Name That Instrument Orchestra Game - Original Smart Notebook Version
Name That Instrument - Winter/Penguin Themed Game for Smart Board
1. Each page has links for the correct and incorrect answers, so the game can easily be played by kids, teachers, and substitutes with little fuss;
2. Beautiful, color pictures of each instrument;
3. Instructions for how to use the game;
4. This makes a great assessment tool and can also be an easy sub plan in a pinch.
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