Do Pentatonic Practice (and a contest!)


So far the last month, my third graders have been busy practicing the do pentatonic scale. (They are a bit behind typical curriculum, as I didn’t have them in Kindergarten.) We’ve been singing and playing favorites like “Great Big House,” “Rocky Mountain,” and “Oboshinotentoten.” When I presented the do pentatonic scale, we discussed how “penta” means “five” (comparing this to a pentagon) and “tonic” means skip (and they figured out that the skip in the scale was between mi and sol.) Then we did more practice reading, writing, identifying, and creating patterns with do, re, mi, sol, and la.

I was really excited to find a do pentatonic product on Teachers Pay Teachers. Emily F created this great product; you can find it by clicking on the picture below:


The product includes many do pentatonic songs, interactive powerpoints, Orff arrangements and lessons, as well as assessments. I was especially excited about the solfege mad minutes; I’ve done mad minutes with note letters on the treble clef staff, but never with solfege. How brilliant! My kids were also very excited about how the solfege letters “fly” up to the rhythm on the powerpoint slides. There were lots of “oohs” and “aahs.” And at $6, it’s a great deal for all of the material you get.

I’ve also been using my do pentatonic bingo set. You can find it by clicking on this picture:


During the first lesson, I put an image of one of the bingo cards on my SMART board. I sang a few patterns with solfege, and the students had to come up to the board and cross out the patterns I sang. Then I made it trickier, and played the patterns on the recorder! Great way to check their inner hearing!

During the second lesson, we played the bingo game. I printed out the set I made onto cardstock, and all students received bingo chips. They put one bingo chip on the free space, and then have to get five down, five across, or five diagonally in order to get a bingo. Again, I begin by singing the pattern, having the students echo me, and then having them find that pattern on their card. All of the cards are different, so they can’t look at any other student’s card! After a few sung patterns, I then play some patterns on the recorder and have them find those patterns. Students who get a bingo can get some kind of reward if you’d like (a sticker, a small prize, etc.) or just the satisfaction of winning! They really love playing the game, and get very excited when they have a pattern…and especially when they get a bingo!

You can do this game again in another lesson…they are happy to play again! In the last lesson, I hand every child the same bingo sheet, printed on regular paper, along with a pencil. We do the same process—singing some patterns, then playing—and they have to cross out those patterns we’ve done. Then I collect those papers and use it as an assessment. Were they able to find the correct patterns among a mass of other melodic patterns? Could they find the patterns even when they were played on the recorder?

I’d like to do my first-ever contest; the winner will receive a free Do Pentatonic Bingo Set! To enter the contest (I just changed the process so it’s a bit easier!):

  • Go to my store at Teachers Pay Teachers ( and follow me (click the star by my name.)
  • Then comment on this blog or on my Facebook page so I know to enter you into the contest. I’ll draw names on Monday, December 10 and will announce the winner!

Thanks, and good luck!


5 responses »

  1. I just downloaded your Apple Tree file off of TPT. I have used this little song often with my kinders in music class. It was fun to see another teacher’s perspective on the song! Thank you!

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