and we read the questions aloud. Then I play the following YouTube.com video of John Williams conducting The Boston Pops "Sleigh Ride."
Volunteers discuss their opinions of what instruments they heard and what the music reminded them of. (Typical answers I receive: temple blocks for the horse hooves, trumpet for the horse whinny, slap stick for the whip; winter, Christmas, snow, the Nutcracker (?? - don't understand this one but I always get this response - LOL!)).
And we "popcorn read" the bulleted points, as I expound upon Mr. Anderson's life. A great resource is Leroy Anderson's official website, so I add extra little bits of info, like what exactly is the Boston Pops or where is Harvand. Then its time for the next slide...
wikipedia article for Sleigh Ride is a great resource for this...check it out.
We conclude our "Listen and Think" by singing the lyrics with the following Amy Grant recording. I picked this one because of the good display of the lyrics (like karaoke) but I do apologize for the 5 second ad at the beginning. I guess that's what you get for using free things!
I hope you will enjoy this mini-lesson! What kinds of listening activities and lessons do you use in your classroom? Leave a comment and please share!