A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively
engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.
Students will demonstrate knowledge of the names of the notes on the treble staff by using barred instruments to play skipped notes up and down the instruments. Connecting the letter names of the notes to the instruments helps students understand how line and space notes skip when moving line to line and space to space. This further reinforces their understanding of how notes are arranged on the staff.
This activity was created as a result of the Arts COS Resource Development Summit.
Students will be able to read letter names of notes on the treble staff and perform corresponding notes on barred instruments.
The students will perform letter names of the staff on barred instruments.
Observe students playing notes as you sing, play or point to them on the staff.
Ask for students to identify by singing or calling out note names as they play them.
I recommend teaching students the note names of the staff using a slogan such as "Every Green Bus Drives Fast" and the word "FACE" prior to this activity. Practice identifying notes on the staff using the slogans.
Make sure you have barred instruments available such as xylophones and glockenspiels, with note names labeled on the instruments.
If using a slogan to help students identify note names, reinforce the slogan by having students play or point to the notes on barred instruments as they say the slogan.