Pumpkin Music Math and Other Autumn Activities


Pumpkin Music Math

Today I am posting two Thanksgiving rhythm worksheets that you can start using right away.

My students seemed to know instinctively how to do these worksheets. Students add the quarter note in the middle to the patterns in each group and write the answer as a note in the blank. Try to remind them to use a note instead of a number. This way it is not as difficult to learn 6/8 meter later on.

Dotted notes are tricky to explain, but if you remind them that a dotted quarter note equals 3 eights (and keep reminding them), it makes it a lot easier.

  • “One and a half beats” is confusing to young students who may not have learned fractions in school.
  • “A dotted quarter note equals 3 eight notes” is easier to understand.

That is why the Kodaly method uses 3 eighth notes tied together to teach a dotted quarter note.

Are you looking for more autumn activities? Try these.

Hide the Pumpkins – a worksheet to identify notes and piano keys in several levels.

The Pumpkin Patch – a fast board game.

Kandy Key Signatures – students construct key signatures with candy corn. They can also draw them.

Pumpkin Notes – write the names of notes on the staff.

It’s October – 2 composing activities – on-the-staff composing and pre-reading composing.

Pumpkin or Leaves – a fun, very fast game using the piano keys to review or learn the names of piano keys.

For Thanksgiving games and worksheets, check out this link. 


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3 Responses to Pumpkin Music Math and Other Autumn Activities

  1. Carol

    This is just fantastic! The arrangement within in the pumpkin is perfect!

  2. Jill Gubler

    Darling Susan….love everything you so creatively do with your generous mind and fingers.

  3. Sara

    Wonderful! How fun this will be for my after-school music club! Thank you!!