This lesson will introduce students to the music of composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky and prepare them for a field trip to see The Nutcracker Ballet. Students will write a poem from the images they imagine or visualize while listening to a two selections from The Nutcracker.
This language arts lesson focuses on how to retell the story of the Three Little Pigs. The musical objective is for students to replace the characters in the original version of the Three Little Pigs with musical instruments. Students show their understanding of the instruments they choose by writing in the sounds and physical features of each instrument.
Students will recognize the instruments of the orchestra from sight and sound by utilizing the www.sfskids.org website. They will compare the sounds of different instruments and learn to classify them into four families. Students will make their own fabric square to be sewn into a quilt that will be displayed in the classroom.
Students will be introduced to the great jazz composer and band leader, Duke Ellington by listening to his re-composed, re-orchestrated version of Nutcracker Suite by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, following a previously taught thematic lesson about Tchaikovsky's classic. Students use there prior knowledge of musical concepts and the instrumentation of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite to recognize similar melodies in Ellington's work to that of Tchaikovsky. Share and Discuss >View Lesson Plan (PDF 0.1MB)
To accomplish goals, members of families must cooperate, just as members of the orchestra must cooperate to create beautiful music. Similarly, students in a classroom have similar constructs; everyone must do their best for themselves as well as for the good of the whole. This lesson helps students understand that an orchestra, a family and a classroom must work together to accomplish great things.