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Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin | Musical Instrument Identification Game
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Grade 2-6

Students will gain an understanding of 10 instruments of the orchestra (trombone, trumpet, french horn, cello, violin, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, harp). This lesson is designed to fulfill Standard #6 of the National Standards for Music: Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.

Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss (Aladdin Paperback Books, 1995)
10 Musical Instrument Posters
3 Paper Bags
6x4" Recipe Cards

Lesson Prep
Write the name of each instrument on a 6x4 inch recipe card. Place the set of cards in a paper bag. Repeat the process so each paper bag has a set of cards.

Step 1
Explain to the class that they will be learning about instruments by reading a book titled, "Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin" and by playing a game.

Step 2
Show the students each of the instrument pictures and identify them by name. Explain that the story, "Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin" will mention each of these instruments. Hand-out the pictures of the 10 instruments to students in the class and have them place their picture on the whiteboard ledge when it is mentioned in the book. At the end of the story, all ten instruments will be in order on the whiteboard ledge.

Step 3
After the book is finished and all 10 instrument pictures are in order on the whiteboard ledge, review the names of the instruments with the students. Then let the game begin!

Step 4
Explain to the class that they will be playing a game to "test" their knowledge of the names of the instruments mentioned in the book.

Step 5
Divide the students into three groups and place them in lines facing the whiteboard. Place a paper bag with the instrument name index cards at the front of each line.

Step 6
The first student in each line will go to the paper bag that is placed at the front of their line. The teacher will ask these students to identify the first instrument that is shown on the whiteboard ledge. The 3 students will look through their bag to find the card that correctly names the instrument. When they have each selected a card the teacher will ask them to turn their cards for everyone to see. The teacher identifies the correct answer and awards a point to those students with the correct answer.

Step 7
The first 3 students then go to the end of the line and one new team member from each line goes to the paper bag to prepare for their turn. Continue playing until everyone from each of the teams has a turn. Also, explain that students who are waiting their turn can't say the answer to help their team get a point. If a team is found to be giving the answer, the other 2 teams will receive a point.

Vary the game by asking students to identify the name of the instrument by listening to a sound recording of the instrument. A second variation could be to ask students identify the instrument's family. For example, if the teachers asks "Which musical instrument family is the oboe a member of," the students would respond by drawing the card for "The Woodwind Family."

Have Fun!

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