Are you looking for creative ways to spark your students’ interest in classical music? Try out this activity, which encourages students to engage with the music and see themselves in the story of the Carnival of the Animals.
This activity can be found in my Carnival of the Animals Lesson Plan.
For this activity, find the Royal March of the Lion movement in Camille Saint-Saëns suite, Carnival of the Animals.
You’ll notice that this movement has a marching theme. The pianos occasionally take low chromatic scales in octaves which suggest the roar of a lion.
Encourage students to imagine themselves as a lion or lioness, standing proud and tall as rulers of the forest. Students can take turns leading a march around the room. You can introduce each one by having them “roar” when you call their name. If you have scarves, have them hold the scarves on their head to represent their mane.
I hope your students will enjoy this activity!
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