Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Peter and the Wolf Ideas

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 5-11

Share the story of Peter and the Wolf with your children, and then try some of these teaching and activity ideas.

  • Watch an animated version of the story. There are a number of versions online, and a few of them are included below:

  • Discuss the basics of the story (character traits, plot development etc.)
  • Discuss the fact that there is no speech and that different music is used to represent characters.
  • Give pupils one still from the film and ask them to write a descriptive paragraph.
  • Laminate cards with stills from the film and create the correct sequence.
  • With the class in the correct sequence, hold holding a still each and ask them to narrate their still.
  • In a Computing lesson, pupils could narrate and record the story (written, not spoken).
  • In P.E. (dance), pupils could work on a routine, choosing a character and using the music from the film.
  • Ask pupils to write their own story based on Peter and the Wolf.
  • Show the different characters and describe them, their actions and traits.
  • Create some character profiles.
  • Show the different characters and make up music for them. Ideas: Drums- Wolf, glockenspiel- birds, Guitar- Hunters.
  • Complete a script for the film
  • Compose the music for the film.
  • Freeze frame the DVD and ask pupils for their thoughts.
  • Tell the story from the perspective of the Cat, Wolf, Granddad or Magpie.
  • Use stills to simulate descriptive writing.
  • Act out the story.
  • Perform dances for each character, thinking about how each character might move.
  • Write some poetry, using the settings or characters as inspiration.
  • Rearrange the story using storyboards from stills.
  • Make a play based on the film.
If you have any other ideas, let us know in the comments below!

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