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Peter and the Wolf | 8 Music Lesson Plans and Resources

Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf lends itself well to many different classroom objectives. Whether you’re looking for a stand-alone lesson, listening activities, bundles, or even units, there are lots of great resources available. Some teach new concepts, some allow students to exercise their listening skills, while others are more geared towards creative interaction with a beloved piece of music. Check out the lessons and resources below and find just what you need to bring Peter and the Wolf to life in your classroom.

  1. Peter and the Wolf Music Lesson Pack. This bundle includes tools for exploring both the composer and his most well-known work.  A kid-friendly biography with review activities, listening glyphs, and a comic-strip listening lesson plan are just some of the resources in this collection.

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Contents
Hey Kids, Meet Sergei Prokofiev | Biography
Sergei Prokofiev | Composer Word Search
Meet the Composer Job Application
Peter and the Wolf | Listening Glyphs (3)
Peter and the Wolf | Comic Strip Worksheet and Lesson Plan
Peter and the Wolf | Draw!
Peter and the Wolf | Match!

2. Peter and the Wolf Listening Journal and Fact Sheet. This highly rated Teachers Pay Teachers offering leaves students with their own, self-made informational booklet at the end of their study, and the printables make preparation simple.

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Contents
14 Color-able fact sheets
2 Listening log pages
Listening journal

3. Peter and the Wolf Worksheets and Writing Prompts. Approachable worksheets help young students review the story and instrumentation and then advance to higher level thinking, putting themselves in the shoes of composer and characters. Many music teachers are encouraged to incorporate writing, and this is a natural way to do it.

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4. Peter and the Wolf Listening Lesson. Leitmotifs are just one of the many musical techniques that Peter and the Wolf exemplifies. This lesson introduces that concept and guides students to find the story in the music.

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5. Songs, Visuals, and Activities for Peter and the Wolf. For an extensive study of Peter and the Wolf, try this 79-page unit plan from Teachers Pay Teachers. Beat and ostinato are two of the concepts covered, and the visuals are exceptionally attractive.

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Contents
“Follow Me” beat activity
Peter and the Wolf beat visuals for beat-tracking
Story visuals: Image and text cards
Rhythmic ostinato activity and flashcards
Prokofiev and the Peter and the Wolf Worksheet (reading with questions)
Listening Worksheet for Peter and the Wolf
Peter and the Wolf” slideshow
Bulletin board visuals for each character with their instrument
A picture of Prokofiev
Directions for the set, including picture book and unit suggestions

6. Peter and the Wolf FunLibs Story Synopsis and Worksheet. This worksheet is a fun way for students to learn, review, and have fun with the story in the music. It could easily accompany a larger lesson or unit, or it could facilitate a short introduction to the piece.

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7. Peter and the Wolf Work Stations. Dive into Peter and the Wolf station-style with 5 hands-on activities perfect for station work. The variety will keep students engaged and the creativity will ensure students won’t soon forget Peter and the Wolf.

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Contents
Peter and the Wolf Color by Note
Peter and the Wolf Crowns
Peter and the Wolf Cut and Tell
Peter and the Wolf Dabber Activities
Peter and the Wolf Flap Book

8. Peter and the Wolf Storybook PowerPoint. A great accompaniment to any unit or listening session, this PowerPoint presentation puts a storybook on the screen. With colorful illustrations and text, this 33 page presentation brings story time to the music classroom.

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Music Memories | Year-End Reflection Worksheets for Music Students

Reflection is an important part of learning for both students and teachers. Students are often so busy looking ahead to the next class, project, or assignment that they don’t take time to look back at all they’ve accomplished. Guided reflection can help them see how far they have come and prompt them to review everything a music class has taught them.

When students reflect, teachers see what activities, concepts, and songs stuck with students most. It can also be encouraging to see the memories and lessons that students will carry with them when they walk out of your classroom.

Music Memories printables from Lindsay Jervis on Teachers Pay Teachers can help facilitate valuable end-of-the-year reflection in style.

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Her affordable bundle includes 21 different printable, editable worksheets with reflection prompts. Some are grade-level specific, some are not, and there are two text-free templates that you can completely customize. The attractive designs are perfect for students to color and decorate, and the finished worksheets make a wonderful display for the last few weeks of school.

Some sheets include several short writing prompts, others mix in drawing prompts, and some focus on a single larger writing or drawing prompt. Some of the fun and thought provoking questions include the following:

My favorite song we learned this year was…
If I were a music teacher for a day…
Next year in music, I hope we…
I learned the rhythm…
Some ways music will be part of my life…

Although these are designed for classroom music teachers, those who teach group instrumental or vocal music or even private lessons could easily customize them for their purposes, too. Whether you’re saying goodbye to your students for a summer or for longer, both you and your students can end on a positive note by celebrating the memories you’ve made.

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Free Elementary Music Lesson Plan Template

Do you want to streamline your lesson planning process while still ensuring your music lessons are thorough, focused, and meet national standards? A well-designed lesson plan template can help you do just that.

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With clearly labeled sections, you won’t overlook any necessary lesson parts, and you can approach each lesson with a strong sense of purpose. Not only does this template help you organize your thoughts as you approach each lesson, but it also helps you effectively communicate your plans to administration, fellow teachers, or substitute teachers.

Because this template is provided in Microsoft Word, you can adapt and customize it to your liking and then type lesson plans directly into the template. Other elementary music teachers have given this template four stars and have appreciated the organization it lends to their planning process. Those with many different elementary grade levels and sections find it especially helpful. Make lesson planning more approachable and effective with this free lesson plan template.

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Easy Recorder Sheet Music | Free Recorder Music for Beginners

Recorders don’t get the respect that other instruments do. You don’t see them in symphony orchestras, you don’t find albums of recorder music, and you rarely see anyone over the age of ten playing one (unless they are a music teacher). But recorders play an important role in many kids’ music education. For most students, it’s the first time they’ve played any type of musical instrument. That’s a pretty exciting event! (If you don’t think so, then you’ve never tried to tell a classroom full of elementary students holding recorders not to play them.)

As you guide your students through this momentous musical experience, it’s important that you have well-designed beginner recorder sheet music to use. Students love to be able to play songs they know, so familiar tunes are a good place to start. You also need to make sure that notes are introduced gradually so that novice recorder players aren’t overwhelmed. Starting with three-note recorder music allows students to play a few recognizable songs while mastering their first few notes. Expanding to four and five note songs keeps them progressing at a comfortable pace while broadening the selection of songs they can play.

The recorder sheet music below is designed to create just such a progression. Well-known songs are arranged for beginners in three-note, four-note, and five-note recorder sheet music. All are instantly accessible digital downloads that you can add to your beginner recorder music collection immediately. And, best of all, you won’t pay a cent, because all of this beginning recorder sheet music is free.

Introduction to the Recorder (3 Exercises)
Au Clair de la Lune for Recorder Solo (Three Note Song)
Hot Cross Buns for Recorder Solo (Three Note Song)
How I Love My Horsy for Recorder Solo (Four Note Song)
Jingle Bells for Recorder Solo (Five Note Song)
Ode to Joy for Recorder Solo (Five Note Song)
Old MacDonald for Recorder Solo (Five Note Song)
When the Saints Go Marching In for Recorder Solo (Five Note Song)

Many of the above pieces are accompanied by easy-to-follow recorder video tutorials. If you are teaching outside the classroom and aren’t a recorder expert, let MakingMusicFun’s recorder instructional videos help.

Recorders may not be glamorous, but they can teach important skills, get kids excited about music, and allow them to experience the magic of making their own music. Make sure you give them the best experience possible by providing a variety of recorder sheet music that empowers them to be successful in their first attempt at instrumental music.

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Elementary Music Assessments Bundle K-5

Accountability, consistency, data, evidence– these are some of the words that are shaping expectations for assessment in our music classrooms. More than ever before, schools and parents are seeking concrete evidence to demonstrate what students are, or aren’t, learning. This shift doesn’t need to make life more difficult for elementary music teachers, though. A strong, well-organized assessment system can bring numerous benefits.

If your music class assessments are not exactly systematic or unified, you aren’t alone. Assessments are often developed in isolation, for one class and for one unit at a time, especially if you are teaching music at multiple grade levels. Comparing students’ performance on various assessments throughout the school year can be like comparing apples to oranges, and some music assessments can be hard to grade objectively.

If you want to introduce more consistency and unity to your  assessment process, check out Emily Conroy’s Music Assessments Bundled for K-5th Grades. An especially great value for multi-grade teachers, this bundle provides 74 different assessments for the six grade levels included. Assessments address a number of commonly taught skills at each grade level. (Follow the link below to the product page to see a list of the different skills assessed at each grade level.)

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Contents:
74 printer-friendly music assessments for kindergarten-5th grade music students (PDF )
One cumulative assessment for each grade level which may be used as a pre/post assessment.
Cover and Instruction Pages for each grade level

So what’s to gain from implementing a new assessment plan?

First, you may gain a clearer sense of your students’ and classes’ strong and weak areas. Having a better picture of what your students actually understand can only help you meet their needs. In addition, you’ll be able to communicate much more meaningfully about students’ progress and needs. Instead of trying to defend your opinion or impression of a student’s achievement, you’ll have something firm to point to.

Installing a consistent, unified assessment system can also help you track students’ performance throughout school years and even across grade levels. Finally, good assessments can help you plan well. It’s easier to decide how to spend each class period when you know where you want to end up.

Reviewers agree that Ms. Conroy’s organized, well-designed, and progressive assessments provide just the type of evidence they need to demonstrate student learning. If you are looking for a way to improve and structure assessments in your elementary music classroom, look no further.

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Musical Instrument Review Game Show | Music Lesson Plan

A great quiz game is the perfect way to wrap up a unit, prepare for an assessment, review a concept, or just have some educational fun. Creating a well-designed review game show with high-quality design and content, however, is a time-consuming prospect, and takes a fair amount of technical know-how. Luckily, many talented and tech-savvy teachers have chosen to make their creations available to the rest of us.

For example, almost any music teacher could use the Jeopardy-style musical instruments review game created by Tiny Toes and available on Teachers Pay Teachers. Users rave about the excellent design and useful content of this and her many other review game show products.

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The clear instructions ensure that you don’t have to be a technical genius to play the game through PowerPoint or your interactive white board. Creative composer contestants add fun to the game, and score keeping is managed through the interactive game interface. Straightforward questions ask teams to identify images of musical instruments, and correct answers are immediately confirmed and points awarded.

This game is perfect for any instrumental instrument or musical instrument family unit, and it also makes a great activity for a substitute teacher. Hundreds of teachers agree that this a four-start product, and reviews report that students love it, too.

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