Submitted by Kari Gordon, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Idea posted October 29, 2003

I have had success with rhythm reading using Legos. Each block has a dot on it... the littlest ones have one, then two, four, and eight. You just have to decide whether you want to subdivide or not (the littlest block will be an eighth or quarter). Of course, it is easy to change this as the kids get older. I kept ours in an EZ Ziplock bag and did the student's rhythms on a board when I wrote patterns on the chalkboard for the other kids. It worked really well.

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