Rhythmic Dictation Sticks

I use popsicle sticks (also called craft sticks) for rhythmic dictation in 1st and 2nd grades.

I give each student a bundle of sticks with a rubber band around it.

Students take the rubber band off (no shooting!) and put 4 “ta’s” in front of them on the floor and the rest behind their backs.

Then I say a rhythm, they echo. I repeat, they echo. Then, they turn their 4 beats into the rhythm I said. If they need to make a “ti-ti,” they grab 2 additional sticks from behind their backs. If there is a rest, they use the rubber band to notate it.

It’s a cheap and hands-on way to practice rhythms!

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