Write the Room - Instruments of the Orchestra

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28 Ratings
Sally's Sea of Songs
Grade Levels
2nd - 5th
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26 different instrument cards, 12 variations of each, 20 worksheets, 271 pages total
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Use write-the-room activities to get students up and moving and totally engaged while they are reviewing instrument names! This poster set 25 orchestral instruments (plus conductor) and their name labels, formatted in various ways to allow for a variety of options! Instrument cards with labels may be displayed as a permanent part of your music room decor.

What's Included

Word Bank for display on IWB

Small Cards with Numbers or Letters

Small Cards with NO Numbering

Small Cards with Instrument Names

Small Cards with Labeled Pictures

Large Cards with Numbers

Large Cards with NO Numbers

All of the above cards come in a low ink version!

20 Worksheet variations

Use small cards in a center or large cards for display when every student has a clipboard and recording sheet. Some recording sheets are provided without directions to allow you to create your own variations of this activity.

Suggestions for Use:

1. Hang the label cards next to the corresponding picture. Write the words and practice reading them.

2. Hang the label cards only. Write the words and practice reading them.

3. Display the cards with pictures and labels. Students use worksheets with pictures only, find the matching picture and copy down the instrument name.

4. To focus on a small number of instruments, such as one family, display cards or labels without numbering.

Assessment options

1. Hang the numbered picture and label cards separately around the room. Students match the labels with the correct numbered picture.

2. Hang the label cards only. Students write the label in the box containing the corresponding instrument picture.

3. Display the cards with pictures and labels. Ask students to find an instrument from a specific family, such as woodwind, write the name and draw a picture of the instrument.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Extremely satisfied

Thanks for this! I love the diversity of activities you provide! I set my room up with the small instrument pictures on chairs in a circle and had students rotate to match each instrument and copy their name. Then the photo cards were perfect for variations of 4 corners games!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Extremely satisfied

My students loved this resource! They are able to move about the room, which I think just always makes kids happy. They also get to work at their own pace and it makes a great assessment for me to use.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Extremely satisfied

These are awesome! They were very helpful when I had a class that just needed CONSTANT repetition when spelling and organizing the instruments of the orchestra. We would play a quick round of this at the beginning of class and after a few classes they were much more familiar with the spelling and appearance of each instrument.

Do you already own a great set of instrument pictures? Try out this worksheets only sampler:

Write the Room - Instruments of the Orchestra – FREE SAMPLER


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26 different instrument cards, 12 variations of each, 20 worksheets, 271 pages total
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