Quackin' Rhythms

Tap along with the carnival ducks to learn rhythms!



Having trouble with a level, or want to return to the place you left?

On the title screen, type "UNLOCK" to pull up the level select screen.

Don't just skip forward though, the later levels get super hard!

This interactive explores the beats and rhythms associated with different music notes.

Age range: Good for 7-10 year olds

Estimated Time: Give yourself some time! This interactive takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Key Technology: This interactive is most effective when each student has access to a computer on which he or she can play the game independently. If multiple computers are not available, consider setting up stations and rotating students through them so that they each have a chance to play the game by themselves.

Think About

Playing Strategy: As you play, stay focused on your purpose. Find out how many beats different music notes are worth.

Before you get started, think of what you already know about music notes and their values. Keep this in mind as you play the game.

As you play, compare and contrast the different effects of each type of note. For instance, how do you feel when a whole note is played? How do you feel when a half note is played?

After you play the game, make some flash cards. Draw a whole note, a half note and a quarter note and write their values on the other side of the card so you don’t forget.


  • Which music notes did you learn about while playing this game?

Critical Thinking

  • How many different kinds of notes do you think there are in Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star?

Quiz Yourself!

  • How many beats is a whole note worth?
  • How many beats is a half note worth?
  • How many beats is a quarter note worth?

For the Educator

Other Helpful Hints!

Give students simple math problems using music notes instead of numbers. For example, ask them to subtract a half note from a whole note.

  • Playing Quackin’ Rhythms will help students develop and internalize an understanding of the value of different music notes.

Instructional Strategies

  • This interactive lends itself to individual game play which can be followed by class discussion. Many games can be played to reinforce students’ understanding of the different values of various music notes.
  • Make flash cards which show the different music notes. Play a variation of Mother May I in which students take a number of steps towards the teacher which correspond to the value of the music note displayed on the flash card being held up.
  • Have students create a rhythm which they write on a piece of paper. For example, they might draw a whole note, a half note, a half rest and two quarter notes. Hold up each student’s rhythm and have the rest of the class clap it out.



Daniella Garran
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