Distance Learning| Virtual Musical Field Trip to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet

Distance Learning| Virtual Musical Field Trip to Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet

This can be used to help students not in the appropriate grade.

Includes PDF and 15 pages

It is the season! Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet can be explored by students at their own pace, particularly during winter holidays or when they study classical music. These slides can be used for synchronous learning, guided Zoom classes in Distance Learning or hybrid settings. The linked videos & music range from world-class ballet performances to Disney’s animated Fantasia from the 1940’s.

These slides are intended to allow students to experience Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet in a child-friendly way.  Students can interact digitally with the slides by listening, moving, practicing rhythm and engaging in dialogue. All rights belong to original artists/musicians/dancers.

Students need these skills

Internet access to watch videos & listen to music

Typing skills & ability to click & drag icons

You can switch to presentation mode by clicking the present button at the top or clicking escape to exit.

Some rhythm/syllable understanding (quarter, eighth, & sixteenth notes)

The full ballet can be quite lengthy for beginners so the highlights are:

Trepak (Russian Dance) – Comparison activity & Cup Game

Arabian Dance-A Connection Activity

March of the Toy Soldiers – Make a Nutcracker

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy-Dancing

Tea (Chinese Dance): Instrument identification

Additional activities & pages students can click to: Rat facts, listening resources, Tchaikovsky bio, story, & rhythm syllable sorting activity.

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This was left for my students in Google Classroom to complete while I was away. These activities were very popular with them, particularly the make your own nutcracker. This kept them busy for the entire class period.


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