Wednesday, December 19, 2012

"March" from the Nutcracker

As a young girl, I watched in wonderment when our family would attend a performance of "The Nutcracker Ballet."  I absolutely loved the music, dancing, costumes, and scenery!  And now... I get to teach it to my students!  It has become one of my favorite units to teach.

This year, I focused on teaching the Nutcracker to second grade.  After reading the story of the Nutcracker and talking about it's origins, we watched and listened to some of the most famous pieces, including the "March."  The students got so excited when they recognized this piece:


Next, we listened to the song again and discovered it's form.  Second grade classes have been talking a lot about form this year, so they figured it out very quickly!  After studying the varying sections, the students learned that this is called Rondo Form (when the A section - or refrain - alternates with contrasting themes). 

 
The students were then introduced to our new movement prop, Mr. Stretchy Band!
 
 
Using a lesson plan from Artie Almeida's "Parachutes and Ribbons and Scarves, Oh My!" we used Mr. Stretchy to move to the various sections of the March.  During the A sections, students used the stretchy band to form a circle and marched to the music.
 
 
 
 
During the contrasting sections, the students stopped marching and faced the middle of the circle.  Holding the stretchy band above their heads, they listened as I called out different colors. When their color was called, they had to run under the stretchy band and quickly switch places with somebody else.  Of course, they thought this was so much fun! 
 
 
 
 
 Learning while having fun... my favorite combination! ツ

6 comments:

  1. Love it!!''
    Where did you get Mr. Stretchy Band?

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    1. Thanks, Susan! I think I got mine from the West Music catalog but it seems like you can get them from most any music catalog these days. :)

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  2. This is wonderful! We only have small stretchy bands, so I think I'll try it with scarves. They can still switch with someone holding the same color scarf. Maybe we'll get a big Mr. Stretchy for next year.

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    1. Great idea! There are a lot of ways to adapt Artie Almeida's lessons. Hope they enjoyed it! :)

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  3. I saw this video on tube now I can't find it can anyone advise? Many thanks

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  4. I saw this video on tube and now I can't find it can anyone advise? Many thanks

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