Jump It (all grades)
Author: Lindsey Meyer, Flaherty Elementary, Kentucky
Objective: Build music reading
Materials and Preparation: Floor staff (a white shower curtain liner with black duct tape strips arranged to look like a staff)
Student Grouping: Teams of 4-6 students each. (I break into teams based on which row they sit in to make it fast and easy)
Break students into teams and line up the first person in each team behind the "E" line at the bottom of the staff.
Name a line or space note. For example, I say, "Jump to line b."
The student who jumps to that note first receives a point for his or her team. He or she goes to the end of the line and the next student is up. Repeat #2.
You can either choose to play to a certain point total or a certain time span.
Comments or Variations: I will admit that I do allow the team with the most points at the end of the game to get a prize from my prize box. I also allow the student who scored the most points to get a prize, too, so they could possibly earn two prizes.
This is a high energy game that the students really enjoy. I noticed that some students who are low achievers really get a chance to shine when they are able to jump to the note more quickly than the higher achievers.