I review the story with the 2nd graders by showing them a PowerPoint (photos are from the internet) and playing key pieces from the ballet. Then, I focus on four pieces, which the students have to recognize on their assessment.
- Spanish Dance
- Arabian Dance
- Chinese Dance
- Russian Dance
I play the four selections from The Nutcracker Suite, and the students compare and contrast them by listening and dancing and coloring while listening.
This is the Nutcracker coloring book that I got my assessment pictures from. I love the pictures in this book!
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