All brains are wired differently, and that’s a beautiful thing.
My goal is to capitalize on a students strengths, so while my brain might be wired one way, it’s a lot easier for me to meet a student where they’re at and explore the lesson within the student’s most efficient learning style. That being said, students of all learnings styles seem to love the Lego Rhythm Value activity. There is something great about holding the space of a note right in your hand.

 

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Lego Rhythm Value Tutorial

 

What you need:
Oil Based Sharpie (regular sharpie will rub off)

Printable

    Bricks!
        (2 or more) 2x8 bricks
        (2 or more) 2x6 bricks
        (4 or more) 2x4 bricks
        (4 or more) 2x3 bricks
        (8 or more) 2x2 bricks
        (16 or more) 2x1 bricks

 

Notes:

—The best place to buy these are at the lego store at the pick a brick wall. You will likely not have an option of color, but I recommend getting unique colors for each of the sizes. I crammed over 6 sets into one container (the large) which is $15.99. I did check out some tutorials on how to arrange the bricks to get as much as possible. They usually have more in the back, so don’t be afraid to ask.

 

—I chose this brick type because it’s easy to manipulate for a wide range of ages and has space to write the notes on, but you can get creative!

 

Absolutely write a different value on the bricks, too, if you need 16th notes, or some other value! 

 

—I have also done 8th note sets, with connected stems, both on the 2x1 brick, and by writing two 8th notes on a 2x2. The individual 8th’s work best for me but it’s something to consider.

 

 

 

 

 

Directions

1. Write values on the bricks. I like to put them to the far left rather than center, because it shows that the note starts at the beginning of its value.
          2x8 bricks = whole note (Semibreve)
          2x6 bricks  = dotted half note (Dotted Minim)
          2x4 bricks  = half note (Minim)
          2x3 bricks  = dotted quarter note (Dotted Crotchet)
          2x2 bricks  = quarter note (Crotchet)
          2x1 bricks  = eighth note (Quaver)
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2. Write the rest values on the back side of each brick.
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