Thursday, September 26, 2013

I Have Who Has Rhythm Matching

You can download the PDF of this file for free on my TPT page.

Yesterday, I was searching Pinterest for teaching ideas and I came across a game called "I Have, Who Has" that I thought would be great for my classroom.  I believe the original idea came from this beautiful blog.  She had her cards available on TPT.  Well, it's a great idea, but why pay for it when I can just as easily make it myself.  Here's why.  I literally spent HOURS creating the game for myself and I'm not sure I have a winner with this one.  I don't know.  My classes are so big, it takes 10+ minutes to get through it all and by that time, the kids are stir crazy.

I was going to explain the game, but why re-invent the wheel?  Mrs. Miracle explains it beautifully:

One of my favorite ways to practice rhythm reading is a game called “I have/ who has.” Some of you may know this as “Glynnis’ Game.” During this game, one child holds a card and reads it. He/she might say, “I have tika-tika ta tika-tika ta. Who has tika-tika ti-ti ti-ti ta?” The child holding the card that says “I have tika-tika ti-ti ti-ti ta” reads his/her card, and so on, until all children have had a turn.
I didn't see that she had offered her template for free until just now. . . huh.  Oh well, I found another template.  Quick little side note:  I found my template on this website.  If you click on the link towards the top that says "I Have Who Has Cards by First Grade Brain", it will download as a word document onto your computer.  I took that idea and ran with it.  I replaced the "ABC"s with piano keys and I added the beginning and the end of the music staff to the Start and End cards.  I also decided that it was a lot of black and white to look at, so I made my "Who Has" in red.  

With my little ones, I put each card on a Power Point slide and followed along on my screen.  That way, I could model what the kids were to read and help them with it as the game progressed.

I'll say it again, I don't really feel like this was a sure fire winner.  The kids listen intently for their rhythm to be spoken but once it has, they are done.  That's when they fall apart.  Maybe this would work better in teams, maybe not.  I had my last groups (2nd Grade) talk to their group of 4 and work as teams whenever we got stuck.

Two wins that I did notice with this game: 

1.)  I got to see first hand how well (or not well) my students were able to read rhythms.  We still have a lot of work to do.

2.) I have one little guy who's a bit scrappy and angry because he's so small.  He doesn't get along with the students very well because he tells on them for minor things and pretty much ostracizes himself from the other kids.  Today we were playing the game and it was stretching out pretty long.  We were looking for someone who had a rhythm pattern and it took a long time before finally, my little guy stood up and said "I have it!" with a bright smile.  And the kids all cheered for him.  That made my whole day.

So, maybe we need to play this game several times before we are smooth and quick with it.  I think I may make some playing cards with the rhythms in a vertical line so the kids can do this at centers.  I'm thinking that they can have several cards and fan them like playing cards and still see all the rhythms.


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    1. Hannah, did I delete your comment accidentally or did you? I clicked on something when I entered this site, so I just wanted to apologize if I did. I don't know how to undo it. If you deleted it, no worries! I am just honored that people are actually visiting this site :)

    2. I accidentally deleted it - no worries! I stumbled across this blog and I think it's great. Excited to come back and dig for ideas. I'm similar to you in that it's sort of my fifth year of teaching but I have bounced around for various reasons (taught in Peace Corps two years, took a job in the US but then got married and moved so I had to find a job in that area, and then this year I found a job in a much better location for me, so I'm excited for next year when I can finally come back knowing kids' names. Thanks for taking the time to write!

  2. Hi! Thanks for sharing your template!

    I have a couple sets of this game with half notes and sixteenth notes, but I'm glad to have one with just the three basic rhythms.

    I agree with you it can be a tricky game to introduce, but after a few times, the classes get really into it and it goes much faster. A few things that have helped me with this activity:

    1) 1st few times use only the first half or 1/3 of the cards - kids work in groups of 2-3, and they read their card as a group a couple times before starting the game. (There may be only 8 groups, so you can even listen to each group read it once and make sure they have it.) This introduces the concept of the game and once they understand later you can add all and assess each student. I've found doing that just once or twice makes the full game a lot easier. Just make sure you know which rhythm is the last one so you can finish the game by saying "I have ____."

    2) Timing Challenge - I always time my classes on this game. We have a class record and if it's motivational I'll tell them another class got it in ___ minutes so see if they can beat that. The first time it's really painfully long, but then they get excited to beat their record. We also have the opportunity to discuss things that will make it more successful: "Eyes on the card," "Loud, clear speaking," "No fidgeting when you're done, it distracts others," etc...

    3) I tell them I'm giving awards out for: Clearest speaker, Calmest (no fidgeting), Most focused, etc... It sounds silly, but it really motivates them to stay quiet the whole time.

    4) Lastly (and I admit this is a little mean...) I tell them I will add on time to their best time for the following things: talking (30 seconds added), fidgeting with the cards (it drives me nuts when they bend and play with the laminated cards - its hard for others to concentrate, so I add 30 seconds for this too). etc... I mark it on the board as we're timing. I really just mark the talking, not fidgeting, but it helps them focus.

    I haven't done this with first grade yet, just 2nd and up, so I'm not sure if that'll work better, but I thought I'd offer it up. Thanks again for the new set!

    1. Thank you for your suggestions! I had a slight suspicion that we just needed more practice. I LOVE your "mean" rules. I don't think they are mean at all. I have similar rules for Interval Baseball (I'll post about that game some other time.) If your team is up to bat, it is an automatic "out" if you talk. If the other team is up to bat, they get an instant "home run" if you talk. LOVE IT!

  3. The links no longer work :-( I would love to have a copy of your game if possible!