Kindergarten through third grade heard a little about Prokofiev's life and also learned that he was famous for writing program music - music that is meant to tell a story. In particular, many children around the world still know and love his work called "Peter and the Wolf". Prokofiev assigned a different instrument for each character in the story - for example, the bird was played by the flute and the cat, by the clarinet. In the story, Peter's grandfather tells him to always lock the gate so wolves cannot get in the yard, but Peter does not listen and that is exactly what happens! [to hear the whole story click HERE]
We then watched a clip from a 2006 claymation video version of "Peter and the Wolf" from the PBS website where Peter plays with a bird and a duck until a cat sneaks in through the open gate and tries to get the bird for a snack! [to watch the clip, click on the picture to the left; to watch the entire claymation video of "Peter and the Wolf" click HERE]
Fourth and fifth grade also learned about Prokofiev and program music, but they watched a video featuring each character of the story and which instrument was used to represent them. They then completed a worksheet matching the instruments with the corresponding character.
When time allowed, the students also got to watch the same clip from the PBS website as Kindergarten through third grade.
See if you can match the characters to their instruments!
Grandfather French Horns