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Classroom Fun: Music, Creative Writing and More
Learning with the Sleeping Beauty Teacher's Guide

DIFFERENT VERSIONS: Read both versions of the story and discuss which elements are similar and which are different. The castle, fairies, prince, spinning wheel and the kiss are in both stories. These stories were written many years ago.  Why do you think these are the parts of the stories that we remember the most?

FOLK TALES: The Brothers Grimm did not think that they were creating fairy tales. They were more interested in collecting stories that ordinary people told each other. Perrault used folk tales and added to them to create his own story. Discuss how the reasons for both directions. Consider the stories of another famous fairy tale writer, Hans Christian Andersen. Is he more like the Grimms or Perrault?

FAIRIES: Read the section on the history of fairies in this Teacher’s guide. How do fairies differ from living humans? Are they real or imaginary? Why do you think these beings play such a strong role in so many fairy tales? Do you like to pretend that you have a fairy as a friend. Describe your personal fairy and tell the class what magical powers your fairy has and why. Write a short story about how your fairy helped you in a trouble that you have at home, on the playground or at school.

Sleeping Beauty in the Classroom!
Musical Fairy Tale for Kids to Perform! Boys love playing the Gruesome Ghouls!
Greenbier Valley Youth Theatre - GVTweens!

FAIRY TALES: Now that you have considered fairies, what do you think makes up a fairy tale? What must the fairy do in order to make the story end happily? If you were a fairy what things would you do to make things end happily in real life?

CREATIVE WRITING: Have the class write a fairy tale together. Remember to include the Princess, the Prince, the good fairies and the bad fairies. To help them create the story, provide them with settings such as the forest, a mountain, a castle, an island in the sea. Set it in the past or consider setting their story in the future which might include cities and outer space. Roll out paper on the floor and have them draw and paint different scenes from their own story.

SPINNING WHEELS: Read the section in this Teachers guide about spinning wheels. What do spinning wheels do and how do they work? How might a person prick their finger on such a device? Why did they use spinning wheels in the past but not today?

LIFE IN THE MIDDLE AGES: Talk about how the spinning wheel was one of the chores of a medieval family. Read the section in this Teacher’s Guide about Life in a Medieval Village. What other chores might they do that we do not do today? Would you like to live in those times or do you think it is better to live today? What might be better? What might be worse.

MUSIC: Listen to a recording of The Sleeping Beauty ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Much of the music in the play is taken from this ballet. Listen to various movements and discuss how the tempo and composition enhances the story. Can you pick out which parts are identified with Morgana and which parts are identified with the fairies?

The Nutcracker Prince
Classroom Activities & Discussions from ArtReach's Teacher's Guide for The Nutcracker Prince.

LAND OF SWEETS:  Imagine you could enter Clara's gingerbread castle and pass through to a fantasy land.  Clara visits a land that is filled with candy.  What kind of place would you like to visit?  What would you like to see there?  Animals, cartoons, toys, stars and planets?  Draw a picture of your own special Land.

SUGAR PLUM FAIRY:  Many years ago, when Tchaikovsky wrote the Nutcracker, children were used to receiving sugarplums for Christmas.  What kind of treats do you look forward to?  Ask a grownup for a recipe book and ask them to help you make treats for your class.

BATTLE:  Divide the class up between mice and toy soldiers.  Huddle with your group like football players do and think up a strategy to win.  Play the Tchaikovsky music for the battle scene in the Nutcracker and have your own battle! 

DREAMS:  What's the craziest dream you ever had?  What's the scariest?  Draw a picture of your dream and show it to the class.  Have students give each other suggestions on what they would do if they found themselves in that dream situation.   

Enchanting Holiday Fun for Families!
Nutcracker Prince Play for kids Christmas Play - Classic Nutcracker
ArtReach's The Nutcracker Prince   

CHRISTMAS GIFTS:  Fritz thought Clara's gift, a nutcracker was ugly and strange.  What strange gift have you received?  Talk about how you feel when you get an unusual gift.  Do you hate it or try to love it as Clara did?  What are the advantages of accepting a gift you might not have expected?  Consider the gifts you will give this Christmas and tell your friends why you have chosen to give those items.

MUSIC: Choose an instrument from the orchestra in the list shown in this guide.  Imagine that the instrument is actually a character or an animal.  How does it sound, walk, sing?  Put a silly orchestra together with your friends.  Try singing Christmas carols together - stay in character as you sing for a kooky song!

DANCE:  The Nutcracker music was written for ballet.  Play some of the different parts of the music and ask kids to make up their own dances.  It can be any kind of dance they enjoy.  Have the kids discuss their favorite dances and then do them together.

"Only those who truly love and who are truly strong can sustain their lives as a dream. You dwell in your own enchantment. Life throws stones at you, but your love and your dream change those stones into the flowers of discovery."
Ben Okri

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