Monday, 7 January 2013

DIY Solfege Fishing Game!

Here's my first official Make it Monday!
January is Under the Sea Month in Music! Grade 3 students will be working on all of their solfege signs this week, so to tie into our theme I made a solfege fishing game!
First, I found free fish clipart... that I love! This awesome clipart is here on After downloading the picture, I copied it onto 7 different slides in Powerpoint. On each fish I typed a solfege syllable. After I printed my fish off, I cut them out, glued them onto cardstock, and added a paper clip .
To make the fishing rod I simply used an old marker, twine, a magnet, and hot glue. 
I put my fish in a bucket and voila!
My fishing game is ready to go!

To play the game, I will either play a recording of "Do-Re-Mi" from "The Sound of Music" or "Under the Sea" from "The Little Mermaid". The rod will get passed around as the music plays. When I stop the music, the person with the rod must catch a solfeg fish! When the student gets a fish they must read the solfeg syllable and show the appropriate hand sign.

We tried it! The students and I found it difficult to catch fish from a bin, so instead we scattered them on the floor. I also felt that students needed practice with the hand signs so when a fish was caught the whole class showed the hand sign instead of just the fisher.

They loved it!

- Steph


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