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4. Speedometer (An exploration of Tempo)

Lesson 4 Module 1


The Speedometer is a fun, interactive manipulative for physical playtime.  First cut off the outside line and cut out the speedometer arrow.  Poke a hole in both the arrow and the center of the speedometer with a large needle.  Then attach the two together with a paper brad.  Now you have a spinner!  For sturdy use, laminate and/or print on cardstock.

For physical gameplay, you can move the spinner around have the child/ren dance or move at the pace indicated.

For instrumental gameplay, someone moves the speedometer back and forth, and the instrumentalist tried to match their pace to where the speedometer is pointing.

For singing time, children can take turns choosing a speed, and then you can practice whatever song you want to learn at that tempo.

I'm sure there are a myriad of other ways this speedometer can be used, and I'd love to hear what ideas you come up with!

The Speedometer printout is from "Metro Gnome Station".

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