Looking for ideas for teaching “Carnival of the Animals” by Saint-Saëns? In this blog post, I'm detailing five ideas for integrating this unit into your music lessons!
A few months ago, my friend and colleague Sarah passed on this “Carnival of the Animals” virtual classroom, created by her friend Schuyler Pietz. My students have really enjoyed it, and with Schuyler's permission, I'm sharing it with you! Click the image below to force a copy to your drive (and go ahead and swap out the Bitmoji!)
"Aquarium" movement with Scarf
If you are looking for a movement activity which students can do virtually and/or socially distanced, check out this video, by Jennifer from Sing to Kids! Students can use a scarf or another object to follow the arrows and objects on the screen, along with “The Aquarium” from “Carnival of the Animals.” My students had a lot of fun with it, and it was a wonderful way to introduce them to this piece!
"Aquarium" Movement with Glow Sticks
Here's another movement activity for “The Aquarium.” I used the first video to teach the choreography, from John Feierabend's “Move It,” and then I had my third graders perform the movement with glow sticks, in the second video. When performing, students had one white glove with a glow stick underneath the glove, with the lights off. It was a really cool effect for a performance!
To improve students' musical literacy, you could teach rhythmic and melodic concepts through pieces from “Carnival of the Animals.” For example, you could practice the interval mi-do with “Cuckoo,” and the rhythm ti-tika, or one eighth/ two sixteenth notes, with “Fossils.” This set below was created in Google Slides for “Fossils”; students can complete virtually or in person!
"Carnival of the Animals" Set
If you are looking for more for “Carnival of the Animals,” check out this set, which includes slideshows, activities, bulletin board visuals, and more!
What are your favorite ways to use “Carnival of the Animals”? Feel free to comment below, and happy listening and teaching!