This is an activity that I was given to do with 2nd-5th grade classes when I subbed at an elementary school.
Dice Rhythm Activity
- Review the rhythms used on the rhythm sheet for that grade level.
- Explain Directions to students
- Divide students up into groups of 4.
- Hand out the cup with dice in it and the rhythm sheets
- Allow students the appropriate amount of time to practice/play the game.
- Redirect noise levels and student engagement as needed
- Collect activity, making sure that all 6 dice are in the cup.
You will have a rhythm sheet and a cup of dice. On your first turn you will put one die (explain that 1 dice is called a die. They will not know that!) into a cup. You will shake the cup (sort of like Yahtzee) and pour it out onto the floor. The number that you get is the number that you will perform on the rhythm sheet. Placing the die/dice on the actual number might be helpful (demonstrate) to remind you which number you should perform. If you perform the rhythm correctly, while maintaining a steady beat, then you get another turn. Your teammates are working as the judges, if the team agrees that you messed up, then it is the next person’s turn. But if they agree that you did it correct, then you get to put 2 dice into the cup. Now you will get 2 numbers and you will perform 2 rhythms, without stopping between the two lines (demonstrate). Make sure to explain to the kids that if they roll two of the same number it is like a repeat sign, they perform it two times in a row without stopping.
Tell the kids that they are trying to do the best that they can do. If the first time they onlyget one or two dice in the cup then that is okay. But on their next turn they should try to get 3 or 4 dice. Very few will get 6 dice (especially in the older grades).
The students use the following syllables for the notes:
Quarter note = ta; Eighth Notes = ti-ti; Sixteenth Notes = ti-ki-ti-ki; Half Note = ta-a; Dotted Half Note = ta-a-a; Whole Note = ta-a-a-a.