Peter and the Wolf

A Musical Story

Grade: Years P-2
KLA: Music
Topic: Telling stories through music.

In this lesson, students create digital artworks to illustrate the musical story, Peter and the Wolf.

Key Learning Area Outcomes:
  • Music Outcomes:
    • Identifies simple musical features of the music that is performed and listened to, e.g. the tempo, pitch, structure, dynamics, tone colour.
    • Shows preference for particular pieces of music or styles of music and discusses what features of the music are appealing or are not appealing.
Additional Key Learning Area Outcomes:
  • Visual and Performing Arts Outcomes:
    • Use a variety of media, techniques and tools to create different effects.
    • Use stories, film and videos and artworks to generate ideas for art making.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2003
Teacher Notes:
  1. Peter and the Wolf was written by Sergei Prokofiev to introduce children to the world of classical music and orchestra instruments. Introduce your students to Peter and the Wolf by playing them the soundtrack and discussing how each instrument is suited to the character it is assigned to. You may like to use Microsoft Encarta to access information and multimedia files about the composer and the music.
  2. After students have listened to Peter and the Wolf and you have discussed the characters and instruments, work with your students to break the story down into scenes. Assign a scene for each student to illustrate.

    Peter and the Wolf illustration worksheet
  3. Demonstrate how to use the drawing toolbar in Microsoft PowerPoint. Have your students create their illustrations using the drawing toolbar including colour fills and effects. Did you know that when selecting objects from the AutoShapes tool, you can snap off the menu to sit independently on your screen. This is particularly useful when drawing lines as the line menu can be accessed quickly and efficiently rather than having to constantly go back through the AutoShapes menu.
  4. Import music files of Peter and the Wolf to match the scenes that students have illustrated. You may also like to add text to complete the illustrated multimedia presentation of Peter and the Wolf.

  Click image to download sample file (needs sound)

  1. Allow time for students to watch their illustrated production of Peter and the Wolf.
Suggested Websites:

Peter and the Wolf
Peter and the Wolf sound files
Peter and the Wolf story

Student Activity:
  1. Classical music isn't just for adults. Did you know that a composer named Sergei Prokofiev wrote a musical story just for children. Listen to musical story of Peter and the Wolf. Listen carefully to what instruments are being played. Can you guess which instruments belong to which characters?
  2. Your teacher will assign you a scene from Peter and the Wolf to illustrate. Your not going to use paint or pencils to create your illustration, you are going to make digital art! Your teacher will show you how to use the drawing toolbar in Microsoft PowerPoint. It might feel a little awkward at first to draw with a mouse but hang in there, its a fun way to create pictures.
  3. Once you have completed your illustration you may like to add the text and music that accompanies your scene.

     To add a sound clip that you have saved to file:

    1. Select Insert> Movies and Sounds> Sound from File.
    2. Locate your saved sound file from the folder directory and click OK.
    3. You will be asked how you would like the sound file to be activated. Select Automatically.
  4. Enjoy watching and listening to your illustrated version of Peter and the Wolf.

Once students have created their illustrations, you may like to have them animate their pictures.

See animated sample (needs sound).

  1. Before you can animate a character, you will need to select all the components that make that character and group them together so that they are now one object. Hold down the right mouse button, drag your cursor over your character so that all the shapes sit within the marquee. When you let go of the mouse button, all the shapes that make up that character will be highlighted. Alternatively, you may like to hold down the Shift key and click on each shape until all the shapes have been highlighted:

  1. From the drawing toolbar, select Draw> Group

  1. Now that all your shapes have been grouped as one object, we can add the animations. Drag your character to sit the edge of your slide. While you character is highlighted select Slide Show> Custom Animation.

  2. From the Custom Animation task pane, select Add Effect> Motion Path. Choose a motion path to suit. You may like to use a simple line or perhaps you would like to draw a free hand motion path for your character to follow:

  1. Adjust the Start: option to With Previous. This way the animation will start at the same time as the music file. Adjust the speed of the motion to suit:

  1. Test your animations by watching your presentation in Slide Show view by using the F5 key on the keyboard.

  2. Enjoy teaching and learning through technology!

You may like to use the following template to record student achievement:

Tracking Sheet