||Telling stories through
In this lesson,
students create digital artworks to illustrate the musical story,
Peter and the Wolf.
|Key Learning Area
- 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.
Learning Area Outcomes:
- Visual and Performing Arts
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
Click image to download
sample file (needs sound)
- Allow time for students to watch their illustrated
production of Peter and the Wolf.
Peter and the Wolf
the Wolf sound files
the Wolf story
- 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?
- 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
- Once you have completed your illustration you may like to
add the text and music that accompanies your scene.
add a sound clip that you have saved to file:
- Select Insert> Movies and Sounds> Sound from File.
- Locate your saved sound file from the folder directory and
- You will be asked how you would like the sound file to be
activated. Select Automatically.
- 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
See animated sample (needs sound).
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:
drawing toolbar, select Draw> Group
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
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:
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:
animations by watching your presentation in Slide Show view by
using the F5 key on the keyboard.
and learning through technology!
You may like to use
the following template to record student achievement: