For my turn this week I put together a little exploration and intro to music using Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. Here is a rough outline of what my lesson plan looked like:
Peter and the Wolf
Listen to examples of various instruments and discuss qualities of musical instrument groups and how each character is represented by a different instrument. What kind of personality traits come to mind when you hear a character’s leitmotif?
Listen to each character’s leitmotif. Explore dancing and moving to the music in order to convey the character’s personality.
Bring out instrument box. If you could choose one instrument from the box to represent yourself which would it be? How could you use that instrument to communicate with other people? How do you say hello? How do you let someone know you’re angry? Tired? Sad? Happy?
Puppet Show, using Sarah Jane Studio puppet theater
Reading from Books
Comparing the different book versions of the story.
Review characteristics of animals.
Grouping of instruments by type
Lesson plan: http://www.oebs.org/page/peter1.html
Excellent Study Guide with various activities: http://www.cantonballet.com/documents/PWStudyGuide-1.pdf
Amazingly all of the kids were interested in engaged in every step of the lesson. They were riveted by the puppet show story, they loved playing their own instruments, and they enjoyed putting together different elements of their scrapbooks. Success! Now I don't have to worry about putting together another lesson for another four weeks. Phew!