In an effort to do something fun before Spring break, but also to review at the same time, I did an Easter Egg rhythm hunt.
Get Some Plastic Eggs
I went to Walmart and bought a box of 250 eggs for 9.98, although you can buy just a few dozen if you want to. I printed my rhythms. My first graders have learned a quarter note, two eighth notes and a quarter rest, so I made rhythms with all of those.
Print Rhythms and Fill Eggs in Advance
Print your rhythms and fill your eggs in advance. The cheap eggs you get at Walmart or places like that take a little time to close. I made a different set for each class, because I planned to send them home but also because I knew it was too hard to fill again.
Be Sure You Review
It is important to review before you start. You think students all know these, but the couple of kids who have a hard time paying attention may not remember. When you do a game like this, they are all so excited about it, especially if you tell them you will play the game if they can read these rhythms. I use the following rhythm language (quarter note= ta, 2 eighth notes= ti-ti, the rest is silence with arms to the side and palms up).
Give Directions BEFORE Pairing Kids
It is SO important to give directions even before you put students in pairs. Once they are paired, especially with a friend, it is extra hard to get their attention.