It's October! It's Fall! It's My Birthday Month!
One of my favorite stories to do in the fall is "In the Hall of the Mountain King". The version I read is adapted from Henrik Ibsen by Allison Flannery, Illustrated by Vesper Stamper and, of course, includes the music by Edvard Grieg.
When I introduce this story/ song, first I show the doodle chaos video. Students LOVE this video. As we are watching I ask them what they notice about the song. Because the movie is kind of funny, I am sure to remind them I want to know what they notice about what they HEAR not what they see. We talk about dynamics, tempo, orchestration and more in grade level appropriate terms.
After we watch the video, I then read the book. We have a short conversation about how the story might fit with the music and then, the fun part, we get to act it out. I read the story again, as students are up and walking through the forest, entering the castle, looking around, and then running from the Mountain King (all to the rhythm of the song). If it gets to crazy, I tell the students that we need to hide frozen like a statue in an open doorway of the castle and we freeze silently and look side to side to make sure the King doesn't see us.
Students, and I, LOVE this activity and ask for it again and again and again. Have fun!
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