|Photo from Bitsy Creations via Somewhat Simple|
In order to use the monster printables in the elementary music classroom, I started by cutting and pasting them to a gift bag as shown below. Joan of Bitsy Creations is the creator of these cute monster printables. Her creations were featured on the Somewhat Simple blog, which you can read more about here.
After finishing the monster, I created a template for melody cards. Click on the picture below to download your own free copy. I created a few pre-written melody cards to get you started, as well as a blank template to create your own. Simply print the template, write the Solfege syllables you need, cut, and laminate.
Whole-Class Collaborative Game Instructions
- Place the Solfege syllables, "Make a Snack", and repeat cards into a cloth bag. The bag needs to be deep enough for students to stick their hands in and pull out a card at random.
- Choose a student to draw a card. If the student draws a melody card, the class sings it. If the class sings it correctly, the student who pulled the card gets to "feed the monster" by placing the card inside the monster bag.
- If a student draws the "Make a Snack" card, the class will compose their own four-beat melody. You can choose a volunteer to do this or you can call on four different children and let each one choose a syllable, which the whole class then sings together.
- If a student draws a repeat card, the class has to sing the melody that came directly before it. For example, if they pulled s-s-m-s on the turn before, that's the melody they sing for the repeat card.
- If the class does not sing a card correctly, that card goes back in the cloth bag.
- The game is over when the monster has eaten all the melodies in the bag.
To add another element of fun, consider cutting a hole where the monster's mouth is and let students feed the cards through that opening. If you're looking for ways to assess, you could make this a center activity in which students come to you to "feed the monster". Instead of letting them choose a card at random, you could have pre-selected cards for them to choose in order to assess a specific concept. This will also help in keeping the center activity within your chosen time limit.
As fellow creative thinkers, I'm betting that you could all invent a new way of using this game in your classroom. Please share your ideas in the comments section below. Also, don't forget that I'm currently accepting pictures for the October edition of The Music Teacher Showcase. You can read about the easy rules for entry here. The showcase is a great way to share your ideas while getting a chance to win a freebie from my store.
Thanks for reading!