I created this set so that I would have a bundle of resources to help teach the instrument families in a fun and comprehensive way. I realized that my students were sometimes having a difficult time deciding how or why to classify an instrument into its correct instrument family. So I created these resources to help my students along and teach them how to spot and classify any instrument they see!
Each of these PDFs encourage students to use their critical thinking skills to decide if an instrument belongs in a particularly family or not. I've done my best to include vivid pictures, familiar and odd examples (guitar, violin, and harp but also sitar and balalaika), video links, and short descriptions to introduce students to common members from each instrument family. You'll also find a variety of games that could be used for whole group instruction or centers, printable reference cards, worksheets, and more!
Be sure to check out the preview file for details about each of the resources included in this set!
This product includes:
*4 "How-To Identify the Family" PDFs for Woodwinds, Strings, Percussion, and Brass families. Each file includes clues and important characteristics to help students classify an instrument into one of the four families.
*4 "Meet the Instruments" PDFs for Woodwinds, Strings, Percussion, and Brass families. The PDF pages highlight common instruments from each family, give a little history, include real pictures of the instruments, and also feature links to YouTube videos where students can hear and see the instruments in use.
*The Instrument Family Identification Game features 20 different instruments and requires students to figure out which family the instrument belongs to. This would be easy to teach to a large group with pictures displayed through a digital projector but can also be printed and used in centers.
*The Instrument Family Identification Game (Percussion Edition) features 20 different percussion instruments and requires students to figure out which mini-family (scraper, shaker, wood, metal, membrane) the instrument belongs to. This would be easy to teach to a large group with pictures displayed through a digital projector but can also be printed and used in centers.
*Instrument "Concentration" cards which would be easy to print and cut out. Students flip over two at a time and work to match pairs of instruments! The student with the most pairs as the end of the game wins. 32 different instruments are highlight in this set and each card includes important identifying information about each instrument.
*Instrument ID cards for reference or use with other games in this bundle. Print out, laminate, and use in centers or small groups to help students identify important characteristics about instruments and their families. These are great to pair with the instrument identification game or other resources from this bundle.
*10 Color the Keyword Worksheets - Use these “color the keywords” worksheets with or without the aide of the instrument reference cards. Students color in any words that relate to the instrument on the worksheet. Great for the sub tub!
*20 Venn Diagrams which encourage students to find differences and similarities between different instruments. Some pages in this set ask students to compare/contrast two instruments from the same family (trombone vs. tuba) and some ask students to compare/contrast two instruments from different families (French horn vs. saxophone).
If you like this product, check out the following:
Spotlight on the Instruments - Activity BUNDLE!
From A to Z - An Instrument Alphabet in Pictures
My Big Instrument Family - Posters and 2 Games
Spotlight on the Instruments - Activity FREE SAMPLER!
Check out my blog for more ideas, freebies, and resources! MakeMomentsMatter.org
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