Flight of the Bumblebee | Free Music Lesson Plan (Rimsky-Korsakov)

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This is a great closing activity for a unit on Russian music composer Rimsky-Korsakov. It is best suited for students in grades K-3.




Students will become familiar with the music of Rimsky-Korsakov in fulfillment of the National Standards for Music (listening to, analyzing, and describing music). During breaks in game play, students can be asked about the tempo of the music or the instruments performing the music.


Recording of Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee


Ask half of the class to stand in a circle facing into the center. This group will be the hive. The remaining students are the bumblebees. When the music starts, the bumblebees run in and out of the hive. When the music stops the hive members take the hands of the other hive members trapping the bumblebees inside the hive. The trapped bumblebees now become members of the hive. Repeat the process until only one bumblebee remains. This bumblebee is the winner of the game.