Fun, flexible and educational! This set includes timbre icon cards for the five basic percussion timbres, a variety of one-beat cards with quarter notes, quarter rests, two eighth notes, and four beamed sixteenth notes; six lesson plans for young students, suggestions for older students, including a game/activity, and a list of recorded music that works well for play-alongs. The rhythm cards include traditional notation and sets of timbre notation, which combines traditional stems with iconic heads to represent the five timbres and correlate with the cards/labels. The larger timbre icon cards can also serve as bin labels (a great way to organize instruments).
Teachers and students can create an endless variety of patterns/ostinatos using these cards. The cards are great for placing in pocket charts or on magnetic whiteboards for the entire class to see, as well as for hands-on student activities.
This beat-card and icon system has proven highly effective in establishing foundational rhythm skills. This system utilizes one-syllable words to categorize (and later chant) the types of sound produced by non-tuned percussion instruments. Although I use the traditional “woods, metals, skins” approach to talk about what the instruments are made of, I have found that my “boom, shake, click, scratch, ring” system provides a broader exploration of timbre and a more defined sound when creating and playing rhythm patterns.
A variety of formats and printing options are included. Copy masters are of two types: (1) ready for color printing and (2) black-line, which can be printed on colored paper in lieu of color printing.
Save yourself time, and have FUN instead. Enjoy!