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Peter and the Wolf | Music Listening Lesson
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Level
Grade 1-3

Objective
Students will become familiar with Serge Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf by drawing a comic strip that tells the story. This lesson is designed to fulfill Standard #6 of the National Standards for Music: listening to, analyzing, and describing music.

Materials
Hey Kids, Meet Serge Prokofiev | Printable Biography
Pencils
Crayons
Blank paper
White Board Markers

Lesson
Step 1
Distribute the Hey Kids, Meet Serge Prokofiev | Printable Biography.

Step 2
Ask students to raise their hand if they would like to read a paragraph of the biography. Ask the class to read along with the student reader. Ask the student reader to pick the next reader.

Step 3
Quiz the students on what they read and then collect the Serge Prokofiev biography.

Step 4
Tell students, "Prokofiev used a special technique to write the music for Peter and the Wolf called leitmotif. A leitmotif (or leitmotiv) is a melody associated with a person, place, or idea within a story. For Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev has written a leitmotif for each of the characters to help us understand the characters better. Peter's melody is light and playful. The cat's melody is sneaky while the wolf's melody is dark and scary."

Step 5
Tell students, "Let's listen to the recording. Try to come up with words that describe the other characters in the story." Start the recording.

Step 6
Ask the students, "What words best describe the other characters in the story?" Write them down on the white board. Validate the ideas of the students by writing as many as you can.

Step 7
Ask the students to get the paper and crayons/pencils and then find a place in the room to sit.

Step 8
Tell students, "We are going to make our own comic strip that tells the story of Peter and the Wolf. First pick up your paper and fold it like a hamburger (not a hot dog). Next, fold it like a hamburger again. When you open it up your paper should be divided into four boxes on one side and four boxes on the other. You will tell the story of Peter and the Wolf by drawing pictures in each of these boxes. I will draw pictures on the white board along with you. You can copy my ideas or make up your own."

Step 9
Start recording. Draw pictures.

Step 10
Quiz the students on what they read about Serge Prokofiev or leitmotif.

Step 11
Send those beautiful pictures home!

Have fun!


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