Here they are…the rhythm value cards I mentioned in my post yesterday!
My favorite part about these cards is that their sizes are appropriate to show the number of beats each kind of note receives.
I printed my cards on colored cardstock so they are color-coded: green = 1 beat, pink = 1.5 beats, blue = 2 beats, orange = three beats, red = four beats, and yellow = 1/2 beat. I printed the barlines and time signatures on white cardstock. I printed and cut enough cards for two complete sets, since I wanted to play a game with two teams at my group lesson. I also laminated all the cards — which was VERY time consuming, but worth it because I plan to use these a lot in future years!
The pdf contains many advanced rhythms, including sixteenth notes, dotted-eighth sixteenths, eighth note with two sixteenths, etc. There’s even eighth note triplets and quarter note triplets. I recommend giving students only the cards they’ll need for the activity you have planned. I keep the advanced cards in a separate zipper bag from the basic rhythms to make things easier.
These cards have many uses, but here are two quick ideas to get you thinking:
- The team-based rhythm dictation game I described in this post. I’ve done this activity with my homeschool music class too, but with no teams or points. The students simply work together to notate the rhythms they hear.
- In the private lesson, have students create their own rhythms using the cards and then clap/tap them to see how they sound. When a student is learning a new rhythm, sometimes the best thing to do is get them away from the piece and focus completely on rhythm!
To download this free pdf, visit the Printables > Games page and scroll down to the R’s for “Rhythm Value Cards for Dictation and More.”
Enjoy, and please let me know what creative ways you find to use these cards!