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18 SMARTBoard Musical Adventures & Assessments

This collection of 18 SMARTBoard Musical Adventures & Assessments  is designed to create fun, interactive assessment opportunities for children in grades 2 – 4.

Giving assessments are always challenging in my music classroom!  Perfect for the fall, with its Leaf-themed pages, this Notebook 11 file  will also work well as an assessment anytime during the school year. Even if you don’t use it for an assessment, it will provide 18 SMARTBoard Musical Adventures & Assessments your students will enjoy.

There are 18 different musical assessment pages.

Many of the pages can easily work with more than one student. Some pages use the Notebook 11 Activity Builder feature. If you are using Notebook 10, these pages will not have the disappearing properties. You may still use them, but they just won’t have that “cool” factor!! In that case, just have the students move the items to the correct answer. . No problem!

Examples of SMART Notebook assessment pages

18 SMARTBoard Musical Adventures & Assessments

*Here is a list of musical concepts covered:

  1. Find 12 Quarter Notes
  2. Sort note patterns that go up, go down, or repeat
  3. Find 12 Half Notes and blow them away
  4. Listen to two musical phrases from the telephone: SAME OR DIFFERENT?
  5. Move three notes around to make six different pitch patterns
  6. Candy Bar Rhythm sort 1
  7. Touch each Quarter Rest to make it disappear
  8. Listen to phone pitches and identify high / low sound pictures
  9. Candy Bar Rhythm Sort 2
  10. Touch the Middle C Bubbles to save them from the spider. Middle C is pictured as a quarter note, whole noted, half-note. The notes are spinning.
  11. Follow the eighth note to make it through a maze
  12. Listen to rhythm patterns and identify as SAME or DIFFERENT
  13. Listen for styles of music and match musical styles with car styles
  14. Listen: Is it this melody or that melody?
  15. Listen: is it this rhythm pictured or that rhythm pictured?
  16. Animal rhythm sort
  17. Put these dynamic markings in correct order from softest to loudest.
  18. Use the Magnifying Glass to find 6 half-notes

* There are several pages with more advanced content. These pages are clearly marked in the “NOTES” section.

Practice the Musical Adventures & Assessments !

Before using this SMART Notebook collection with children, I encourage you to go through each page carefully to see how it is designed and avoid presenting it “on the fly!” With preparation, I think you will have the perfect way to present the information and explain what is being asked of your students. I purposely did not write down every instruction I would give my students… I  find that the fewer words I use, the better! Kids are smart, and they get it quicker than we do!

Many uses for these Musical Adventures & Assessments

It would be ideal if  students were able to access this file on a 1:1 computer. Without the SMART iPad app, using this SMART Notebook lesson will require some creativity on  the part of  the teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom. As long as I make it a game and keep the pace moving, my students waiting for a turn at the SMARTBoard, are usually just as involved in the learning activity. I have found that I can have my students using an app like EduCreations or Explain Everything and keep them busy illustrating the concept being assessed while the single student is at the SMARTBoard. It has been my experience that the children are so excited about interacting with the activity that they are right around the SMARTBoard the whole time ever without asking. Take a look at the video below to get a feel for how it all works in the classroom.

Here is a video of my students:

Access the 18 SMARTBoard Musical Adventures and Assessments here.

This file, 18 SMARTBoard Musical Adventures and Assessments lesson, is now available  in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. My goal is to create  excellent SMARTBoard activities that totally engage the children so they won’t even know they are being assessed!

I live for that giggle that comes with a twinkle in the eyes of my toughest boys and snootiest girls! I know you do too!


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Cherie Herring

Music/Technology Integration at Hammond School
I teach elementary music, am passionate about integrating technology into my teaching, am obsessed with my SMARTBoard and iPad, and enjoy creating lessons and sharing ideas. I love technology almost as much as I love cheesecake, and with more energy and ideas than I know what to do with, I can't wait for the sun to come up each morning! I'm wife to Prince Charming and mom to three incredible girls who keep me balanced. . . sort of!

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  • Andrea November 9, 2012, 5:30 PM

    Thanks for all your contributions to the SMARTboard equipped music classroom. Whenever I see a good SMARTboard file I’m not surprised when I see your name attached!

    • Cherie Herring November 9, 2012, 5:54 PM

      Thank you, Andrea!

  • Carla Meiers November 10, 2012, 12:56 AM

    Everything you do is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your great ideas!!

    • Cherie Herring November 11, 2012, 9:58 PM

      Thank you, Carla! It’s fun to share!

  • Angela November 11, 2012, 2:41 AM

    Your smartboard files look fantastic! However I am having difficulty with them. Perhaps you could point out what I am doing wrong. I have downloaded the files using the red link. The files are downloaded as a .zip file and when I extract them they don’t open with SMART notebook 11.
    Thanks for sharing your wisdom

    • Cherie Herring November 11, 2012, 7:06 AM

      Angela, I just sent you an invite to my shared DropBox folder. You will have direct access to my files and should be able to download them from there with no problem. This DropBox link seems to solve download issues. Please confirm if you are successful or not. Thanks! ~Cherie

  • Amy November 11, 2012, 9:19 PM

    You are amazing!! You have truly inspired me to think outside the box and create interactive lessons for my kids! I sung your praises to all my music teacher friends! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all your hard work!

    • Cherie Herring November 11, 2012, 10:09 PM

      Amy, That’s the best compliment! Thank you! I’m on a mission to make a difference and if I’ve inspired you to create your own… that’s fabulous!! Mission accomplished! As James Hollis says, “Sharing is caring!”

  • Anna Marie Joyce November 12, 2012, 6:47 AM

    Thank you , Cherie, for this great resource! I love the variety of activities and I know that my students will as well. I plan to use this at the end of the week. You did a great job!

    • Cherie Herring November 12, 2012, 9:48 AM

      Thank you, Anna Marie! Let me know how it goes!

  • christi November 12, 2012, 9:14 AM

    It’s Awesome!! Thanks!

  • Cheryl November 12, 2012, 7:11 PM

    Hi Cherie! I’m having trouble downloading the file also. I love the preview and would love to use this with my students!!

    • Cherie Herring November 12, 2012, 7:22 PM

      Cheryl, I just sent you an invite to my Shared DropBox folder. You should be able to download it from there. Let me know if that doesn’t work. – Cherie

  • Nell November 13, 2012, 4:40 PM

    Hello Cherie,

    Thank you so much for your delightful website! I love it! I was wondering something? My classroom isn’t “SMARTboard” equipped, I do have an interactive whiteboard, but I am very new (I just received it last week!) and I was curious if there is a way to use the lessons you’ve created even if I don’t have the SMART board software? Thank you for even a shove in the right direction! 🙂

    • Cherie Herring November 13, 2012, 6:53 PM

      Nell, Thanks for the kind words! I can’t say for sure if you will be able to use these files. I know that Promethean boards can convert SMART Notebook software and make it work, but I can’t say about any other IWB. Why don’t you tell me which one you have and we’ll try to figure out if we can convert these files some way for you to use them. You could contact the company / support for your new IWB and see if they have a converter for SMART software.

      You could open these files in Notebook Express, a downloadable mini version of SMART Notebook software. IF you downloaded them and kinda looked through each file, you could get ideas and create something similar on your new board. I can export these files as PDF files which would give you the background images and you could create the interactive pieces on top of that.

      Let me hear from you!!


      • Nell November 13, 2012, 8:31 PM

        Hey Cherie!

        Well, thank you so much, bless your heart for your quick response! Our school is using a software called WizTeach? It’s actually out of the UK, I guess??? I did attempt to open a SMART file with their software and had no luck. Upon a little further research, I found out that we have, um, a few calls into them for bugs with the software, so I’m gonna add this one to the list. 🙂

        I downloaded SMART Notebook express software and I opened the files and they looked just fine to me on my laptop, so when I get into work tomorrow, I’m gonna see if they will work okay with my IWB system. I know it might not be quite the same since I don’t have the whole SMART board set up, but at this point, any technology is WAY BETTER than nothing! 🙂 Thanks for being willing to help me, I surely appreciate it! 🙂

  • Alison Routt November 18, 2012, 5:01 PM

    Thanks for sharing your passion. Just starting to integrate all of this. Planning on stealing lots of ideas!

    • Cherie Herring November 18, 2012, 7:17 PM

      Thank you, Alison! Check back in with me in a week and let me know how it goes. There are a couple of pages that I think might be too difficult, but if you know what is being asked, you can make it work. For example, the Middle C page… I just have my kids find 5 or 6 and move on. Otherwise, it takes too long. I just sent you an invite to my shared DropBox folder.


  • Mariah December 7, 2012, 9:24 AM

    Hi Cherie,

    Looking at the resources you have created has opened new doors for my program. I would love to use your 18 assessments, but I also cannot access your dropbox. Would you be willing to let me use them? Thanks! Mariah

    • Cherie Herring December 7, 2012, 10:11 AM

      Thank you, Mariah! I’m so glad you can use these files and I hope your children enjoy them. I can’t teach without my SMARTBoard! I just sent you a special link for the files. Let me know if you have any other problems. – Cherie

  • Cathy December 17, 2012, 10:23 AM

    I love your blog. I just got a smartboard and would love to look at and use these files. Would you be able to send me the files? Thanks! – Cathy

    • Cherie Herring December 17, 2012, 10:33 AM

      Cathy, I just sent you a link and you should be able to access files from there. Please download and save the files to your hard drive BEFORE making any changes. I’m happy to share!! I’d love to hear how it goes with the new SMARTBoard!

  • Diana Melnyk January 6, 2013, 11:05 PM

    Hi Cherie! Love and use your stuff! Thank you! I also cannot get the read link to work. Can you help me please?

    • Cherie Herring January 6, 2013, 11:33 PM

      I sent you the link.

  • Lydia Neeb January 7, 2013, 7:22 AM

    Hi Cherie,
    I love reading all of your posts and love your enthusiasm! As a ten year veteran music teacher, I am learning a lot of new ways about teaching using smart boards. Sadly no training has been offered, so I spend hours scouting out new ideas. I teach JK-Gr. 8 and am always looking for new ideas, so thank you for your great links and ideas! I was unable to find any link to download your 18 assessments and would love to add them to my collection! Please send me the link asap! Thanks so much and Happy new Year! (do you have any New Year lessons?).

    All the best for 2013
    Lydia Neeb

  • Shannon March 27, 2013, 10:53 AM

    Thank you for sharing these! I need to jump on these assessments as soon as we return from Spring Break!

  • Pia April 1, 2013, 9:13 AM

    Fantastic blog! For some reason when I downloaded these files, they will only open with Adobe Illustrator and not Smart Notebook. Any troubleshooting tips? Thanks!

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