Friday, November 8, 2013

Staff Twister Mania

My 3rd graders have been excited and inquisitive as we have been learning to identify the notes on the music staff.

To review in a more kinesthetic way, today we created a human staff. I taped 5 lines across the music room floor. 

First, we stepped in each line, saying its name as we moved. Then, we went back and stepped on the spaces in order. 

After mastering that, I'd say a note and the students would become the note. We discussed that some letters had two options for locations. 

Then, we added the twister piece. I'd say a body limb and a note.  For example, I said right hand on b. Then I might add left foot on e, and so on. We usually started fresh after 4 commands or so, so that no one was falling on the floor. 

Hope this review idea sparks some ideas for you! 


  1. So cute! (And I have to say, that turkey hat is awesome!)

  2. Glad you liked it. The photo was taken on crazy hat and crazy hair day.

  3. I have been doing this with my students for several years. It is probably their favorite game and they ask for it again and again. This year I decided to branch out of my norm and instead of limiting to just third and fourth grade, I introduced to first and second. It worked out great with first after we read the book "Freddie the Frog and the Thump in the Night" by Sharon Burch.

  4. Great idea! Thanks for sharing! I used to have a staff on my floor to use with bean bags for note practice, but I never thought to play Twister on it! What kind of tape did you use? I've tried masking tape, electrical tape, and "plastic tape", but all of them made my custodial crew rather unhappy. :( I'd love to find a good tape and try this again!

  5. I'm thinking of using blue painter's tape!

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    1. I use painter's tape on my carpet and it works great! Also, I think I might try this with two interactive spinners on my for body parts and one for line/spaces. Thank you for the idea! :)

  8. Just found the link to this on Pinterest. LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing!