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This was so awesome I couldn’t help but post. A little over a month ago after some thought I had a 3rd grade class start to use my left over office supplies to build their own recycled percussion instruments. It was a great way to get rid of office supplies and I had an extra 20 minutes a week with these kiddos so this was a perfect activity.
What I had to work with:
How long it took– 3 weeks
What we were learning about– Instrument families and this was a focus on strings and percussion instruments.
The kids had the lead on most of this. They knew what a string instrument qualified as and used rubber bands to create different pitches, and they knew what a percussion instrument qualified as and created instruments that could be hit, shaker, or scraped!
With the final jam I had gone into QComposer at www.QuaverMusic.com ahead of time and had created two different 4/4 rhythms ahead of time. We played both one at a time, then divided up into ensembles and played together, then switched parts.
After, kids got to bring their instruments home!
It was a great ending activity to learning about instrument families, showed students you can make an instrument out of anything, and was a great hands on activity that had the students learn by MAKING something!