"Infernal Dance" From The Firebird, by Igor Stravinsky
This activity about Stravinsky's ballet, The Firebird, provides information about the composer, the ballet, and the "Infernal Dance." It also includes questions about the music, as well as extension activities such as a puppet show.
Nureyev: After Petipa
Incorporating the arts into regular classroom practices isn't an easy task. Learners will research background information regarding Russian culture, history, and conflict then see how those things have applied to the rigors of Russian...
Nureyev: The Unconquerable Will
Young scholars consider the development of dance across cultures. In this dance genre instructional activity, students study the history of Russia and the Mongol Tatars. Young scholars research how classical ballet made its way to Russia...
Discovering Russian Folk Dance
First graders explore the art of Russian folk dancing. In this cultural traditions lesson, 1st graders research the Troika and incorporate attributes of the Russion folk dance into their own renditions.
Students dance a Cossack dance. In this dance lesson, students learn to keep the beat and follow a movement sequence to dance a Cossack Dance.
The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky
Over the course of six lessons, scholars try their hand at composing and dancing after a thorough examination of the famous ballet, The Nutcracker, by Tchaikovsky. Participants watch and discuss the performance of two dances, create and...
Who is Isadore Duncan? If you're a teacher of dance, you might be interested in this informative presentation. Biographical, philosophical, and personal information on the life and contributions of this famed dancer are given in an easy...
Accelerando - Israel, Peru, Russia
Learners complete activities to learn about the music concept of accelerando. In this accelerando lesson, students sing songs and learn tempo. Learners use the Yiddish circle dance 'Bim Bam' to complete a circle dance. Students also...
Russia and Eastern Europe
Students study Russia and Eastern Europe. They select from a menu of option activities to demonstrate their knowledge of both countries including preparing meals, reading Russian works of literature, analyzing political cartoons and...
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, Dance of the Floreadores, Waltz of the Flowers in the Meter of Duke
Students contrast the meter and style of two different versions of the musical piece, "Waltz of the Flowers." Duke Ellington's meter in the "Dance of the Floreadores" is compared to Tchaikovsky's version in the "Nutcracker."
Nureyev: After Petipa
Students examine dance and choreography in Russian history. In this Russian history lesson, students discover details about Russian ballet and the work of Marius Petipa as they conduct independent research and present their findings to...
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Students identify what Tchaikovsky's personality was like and what kind of school he attended first. Then they identify and research what was happening in Russian politics during his lifetime. Students also identify who the composer was...
The Aleut Evacuation: An Overlooked Injustice
Young scholars read and complete activities about the Aleut tribe and Russian impact on the people. In this Aleut and Russian history lesson plan, students read a passage about the history between the Russians and the Aleut tribe. Young...
Students chant "Mabel, Mabel, Set the Table" in beats grouped in 4's using a percussive pattern. They repeat using 3's. Students sing a song in 4's and in 3's. they move to recorded music to practice threes. Students create Orff...
Broadway and The American Dream
Considering a unit study of American Musical Theatre? What better way to start than at the very beginning. Eight pairs of cards provide class members with background information about the genre from 1893 through 2004. The cards are...
O Pioneers! Quiz
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Willa Cather's O Pioneers! Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Students explore the life and accomplishments of George Gershwin. They listen to Latin rhythms and practice the rhythmic parts. Students identify Latin instruments George Gershwin added to the orchestra. After practice, they perform a...
Four Vocabulary and Word Work Worksheets
In these vocabulary and word work worksheets, students fill the blanks with proper endings, make adverbs from adjectives, determine incorrect words in sentences, and match pictures with the proper nouns. They complete four pages.
Learners analyze the art of theatrical costumes and modern art designs. In this art analysis instructional activity, students compare two different designs for theatrical costumes by artists Oskar Schlemmer and El Lissitzky. Learners...