Don’t recreate the wheel. That’s how I’m approaching today’s blog post on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. There are so many amazing ideas out there for teaching The Nutcracker. I felt that the best value for you would be in rounding them all up in one convenient location. You can easily skim through my descriptions to decide which lesson ideas you might want to pursue in your own classroom.
One thing’s for certain, you won’t be at a loss for ideas after reading through these posts! My absolute favorite idea, the paper plate routine, is one that you could easily include in a winter info-concert or holiday program. You’ll also find plenty of picture book recommendations, flashlight routines, and video suggestions.
In this fun post, Jennifer describes how to use flashlights to teach form. All you’ll need is red and green cellophane, rubber bands, and flashlights. Jennifer has great tips for making this work, and it’s such a fun and creative way for your students to learn about form!
Kelly shares ideas for each grade level in this comprehensive blog post. She discusses how picture books, podcast episodes, listening maps, and the new technology that revitalized her approach to teaching The Nutcracker. I especially love her idea for having her intermediate students create a new narrative surrounding the music.
As her title implies, Elizabeth shares her favorite lesson ideas for The Nutcracker. She has a video of fun movements you can do to reinforce form (a fantastic way to keep students moving). She also shares videos for rhythm play-alongs and different arrangements of The Nutcracker to present to your students.
I think Emily’s paper plate routine would be an excellent addition to any info-concert or winter program. It would be easy enough to teach and helps to reinforce the element of form. She also shares a cup game created by Eric Young, which she found on Pinterest. It’s yet another fun activity to reinforce form and rhythm.