“Rhythm Flashcards for Recorder” is a Smart Notebook activity that assesses your students’ ability to read and perform different rhythms while playing E and G on the recorder. I use this for fourth grade to help them get comfortable with E and G when they are first learning how to play and then again before playing Green Belt in Recorder Karate. This would also be great for 5th and 6th graders. You can also use this as a warm-up activity at the beginning of every class.
In this activity, there are four levels of play. Each level concentrates on a different combination of rhythms; some are four-beat patterns, and some are eight-beat patterns. Notes and rests included in the game are: quarter note and rest, half note and rest, two eighth notes, four sixteenth notes, whole note and rest, eighth with two sixteenths, two sixteenths with eighth.
Please note: I did not label the notes with any system of counting, so this activity is easily adapted for any system.
Instructions included in file:
Start by learning how to play G and E on the recorder. ALWAYS place left hand on top. KEEP YOUR THUMB, 1ST, 2ND, AND 3RD FINGER DOWN ALL THE TIME DURING THIS ACTIVITY!!!
On each page of every level:
Read the rhythm aloud. I have mine say it two ways: rhythm language (ta, ti-ti, etc) and recorder language (whispering "too" for each note).
Echo play the rhythm on G.
Echo play the rhythm again on E.
Play the rhythm together, letting each student choose G or E. The E is a bigger challenge.
When that gets too easy, choose two pitches to play for the pattern. Write the pitches under the rhythm and play it.
Thanks for playing! I hope you enjoy!
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