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One of my students' favorite things to do is construct and build instruments.  A recent one I came across was a rubber band harmonica that I had my 3rd graders make.  We discussed vibrations and how to create lower and higher pitches with air.

Rubber Band Harmonica…

1.  Cut two construction paper strips about an inch wide and 4 inches long. Wrap them on the ends tongue depressors with a little bit of depressor showing on each end.

2. Wrap a thicker rubber band over the length of the stick.  I find that the thicker ones make better sounds.

3. Put another depressor on top of that one and bind the ends together with rubber bands.  Make sure not to make them too tight or the inside rubber band won’t vibrate. 

4.  Now it’s ready for playing.  Blow on the wooden middle part and make sure the kids aren't biting down.
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This is a great way to teach, not only music, but the rhythm of language.  It could be used to incorporate sight words, fluency, learning a new language and coordination.  My music classroom is a complete inclusion room with ELL, bilingual, special education, gifted and regular education students.  Connecting movements with the words works for all children at all levels.  When learning concert songs, we do not just sing, but we have what I call "choralography" - dance movements to go with concert songs that don't involve special shoes or a dance floor.

A very inexpensive and fun way that I have discovered to teach sight words, colors, numbers, shapes, animals and much more while incorporating music and movement is called "Musical Plates."                                                           
 1. Write the letters of the alphabet, sight words, numbers or whatever needs to be reviewed on paper plates (it could also be on large index cards, card stock or construction paper).
2. Arrange them in a large circle on the floor, in mixed up order.
3. Turn on some music and have child dance around the circle.               4. When the music stops, child must stop. Child must identify the letter they stopped near, provide the sound it makes and share at least one word that begins with that sound.
5. Continue until all letters and sounds have been reviewed.  Children can either be out when they say an incorrect answer, or it can just be considered a review with no losers, just winners.

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A game I love playing with my students is called Musical Math.  With primary students I use the basic whole, half, and quarter notes and rests.  With the intermediate students I add eighth, sixteenth and thirty-second notes and rests.  It is a great way to review and reinforce note values while incorporating math skills.  The triangle can be as simple or as complex as you make it.  You can focus on notes only, or notes and rests, or just rests.  I have a tile floor so I just tape the game directly to the floor.

1. Tape a triangle to the floor (see diagram below).  Put notes/rests in the sections of the triangle.  I use contact paper to adhere them to the floor.

2. Have students make teams.  One person from each team slides a bean bag towards the triangle.  The game is  more exciting if everyone slides their bean bags at the same time because sometimes, it causes a bean bag to get "knocked out" of the pyramid.

3. If it lands in the pyramid, they have to say the note value and put it on the board.  I have the students add up the values every two or three rounds.  The team with the highest number wins.  
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