Collaboration is one of the 21st Century Skills highlighted in Common Core. I had students collaborate to make fingering chart posters. Instead of the complicated fingering charts found in the back of the book, I had students in groups of three or four make a chart of the first five notes we learn in band.
Each student had a different color and was responsible for at least one note. The students could help each other using their words, but were not allowed to draw with someone else’s color. They had to discuss layout, who would draw which note, line and space numbers, and fingering chart terms.
Now I have awesome posters for my classroom that are easy to look at and make sense to the kids! As soon as we learn some more notes, we’ll repeat the process and make some more posters!