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Review the Note Value Tourney Chart.
- Tell children that each symbol on the chart has a value which designates its duration of sound or silence when used in music.
- Explain that the basic value of notes is one beat. Some notes are a fraction of one beat expressed in decimals, such as an eighth note: e= .5. Other notes have multiple beats, such as a whole note: w = 4.
- Review all the note values on the chart.
Prepare to play the game.
- Divide children into groups of two.
- Distribute a set of cards to each pair of children. Ask children to shuffle the cards.
- Have children distribute all the cards so that each child has half the stack. Instruct children to keep their cards stacked facedown.
Play the game.
- Each player turns over their top card at the same time.
- The player whose card has the greater note value wins both cards.
- When a tie occurs, each player plays three additional cards facedown and one card face up. The player whose face up card has the greater note value wins all the cards in the stack.
- If another tie occurs, repeat the process until one player breaks the tie and wins all the cards by turning over a card of greater value.
- Play continues until one player takes control of all the cards.
- Reshuffle, and play again.
- If time runs out, the player with the most cards wins.