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You’re doing centers. You’re practicing rhythm. But you’re running out of fun activities to do in centers. Don’t worry, I’ve got you. You need Shark Attack! This fun card game is the perfect way to practice reading rhythms in elementary music class, and the shark theme makes it extra fun.
This rhythm game comes in every rhythm that you can think of from quarter and eighth notes all the way to triplet or syncopa.
But if you want to try it for yourself, you can get the quarter and eighth note version free!
How to Play Shark Attack! Rhythm Game
- Print out the shark attack cards and put them into a box or bucket.
- Students take turn pulling out a card and clapping the rhythm (or playing it on Orff or a drum….).
- If they get it right, they keep it. If it is wrong, they put it back in the box, and the next student takes a turn.
- Some of the cards have students put back a card, put back all cards, change directions, etc.
- Most cards at the end wins.
This game never ends because eventually someone will get a shark attack and put all their cards back in the bucket and start over.
You can also walk around as students play and notate who is correctly reading the rhythms.
Use for centers or small groups, and great for teaching in the teachers’ classrooms or any time you need a rhythm review.
Need more centers games? Check out my favorite rhythm games here.