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Carnival of the Animals - Listen and Respond

Added: 23 May 2020 Contributor: Sharon Hogan Resource type: Lesson Plan / Worksheet

This document provides listening and responding lessons as well as worksheets for children to complete. It involves listening to two movements from the Carnival of the Animals suite, and answering questions on each, before comparing and contrasting the two pieces of music. Opportunities to respond through art are provided.

How it maps to the curriculum


Strand: Listening & Responding

Strand unit: Listening and responding to music

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • listen to a range of short pieces of music or excerpts
  • recognise and show the difference between fast and slow tempos
  • recognise and show the difference between high and low sounds
  • recognise and show the difference between loud and soft sounds
  • talk about pieces of music, giving preferences, and illustrate responses in a variety of ways

Suggestions for use: Use this acitivty to explore music around the theme of Animals. Two movements from the Carnival of the Animals are included: The Elephant which is slower and lower, and the Hens and Rooster which is faster and more high pitched - these pieces contrast well with one another, whilst at the same time featuring some of the same instruments but being used in different ways. Children can record their responses through drawing on a included worksheet templates.

Meta information

  • Asset type: Document
  • Language: English
  • Rights: Attribution-Noncommercial Share Alike Creative Commons
  • Cost: No
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