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Madrid Match – Notes and Rests
Without taking turns, students sort identical cards into piles
Fine – 5 Notes and 5 Rests
Students quickly arrange their own sets of notes and rests in order . . . then say Fine!
Chance Match – Notes and Rests
To practice matching the whole, half, quarter, eighth and sixteenth note and rest pairs.
Fine - 8 Notes and 5 Rests
Students match 5 rests and 8 notes (including dotted notes) in sequential order, played like other Fine games
War – Notes and Rests
To practice the relative values of notes and rests using a popular card game with several variations
Who's Playing First?
Students each draw one card to decide the order for an informal recital or special activity. Students already know the values of the cards
Five Hiding – Notes and Rests
With five facedown cards each, two players take turns drawing and hiding cards with the goal of being the first to collect small values. Using magic notes at the end to score is important.
Snake Variations – Notes and Rests
Make a snake using rhythm playing cards with sixteenth, eighth, dotted eighth, etc. notes and rests. This game must be played before playing Slow and Speed (Second Steps)
Slow – Notes and Rests
Slow is similar to Danish Zoo, except each player must play more independently. Players take turns adding cards to two piles in a forwards/backwards sequence