Thematic Unit for “Carnival of the Animals” ÿ ÿ ÿ

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popsicle sticks. Buttons Classroom Activity: 1. Popsicle sticks 3. tissue paper. Talk about the masks that the characters wore in the ballet. Paper plates 2. Decorate Me! J .Costume Masks Teacher Preparation: 1. and buttons. Construction paper 4. 2. yarn. Supplies: 1. construction paper. Cotton balls 8. Paint 5. paint. Yarn 7. Tissue paper 6. Make paper plate masks using plates. cotton balls. Make a list of the animals and characters in the ballet.

cuckoo. Give each child an index card with a character written on it. ringmaster. etc. The class guesses what each child is portraying. Cuckoo. Chicken. 2. lion. Suggest that kids make masks of character in the show: elephant. Lion. Circus Parade Charade Teacher Preparation: Supplies: 1.3. Discuss how dancers convey their feelings without talking or making sounds. Ringmaster. Fish. Then. chicken. Mule. They will act this out in front of the class. Index cards with characters on them. Narrator Classroom Activity: 1. animal and . donkey. all kids join a circus parade where they act like their march around the room. 3. Donkey. Here are some suggestions: Elephant.

Octopus. O Octopus. 3. The Fly God in his wisdom made the fly And then forgot to tell us why. 2. B ____________________________ A ____________________________ L ____________________________ L ____________________________ E ____________________________ T ____________________________ .Acrostic Poetry Teacher Preparation: Supplies: 1. Read Ogden Nash poem from Carnival of Animals again. 5. Read other poetry about animals and circuses to kids and discuss. Write this word on the board vertically. I'd call me Us. or is they legs? I marvel at thee. Classroom Activity: 1. Here are some suggestions: Ballet Elephant Dancers Circus Ringmaster 4. Discuss it with class. I begs Is those things arms. Repeat with the other words. If I were thou. Create an acrostic poem by choosing the word the poems will be written from. Have the kids put lines together to make a poem about the word. Ogden Nash poem from Carnival of the Animals (Appendix G) 2. Other poems by Ogden Nash The Octopus Tell me. Other poems about animals 3.

But do not sneer at the jackass wild. What we call mermaids They call merfish. I think that wherever the lion is. turtley. Fish like scales. Their teeth are upside down. Come carve my name in stone immortal. I know the turtoise is a tortle. I could not eat a kangaroo. He has to jump because he is edible. To glorify other kinds of life. They don’t get drowned. I know the tortoise is a turtle. There are those that admire that roar of his. The Aquarium Some fish are minnows. Because of its totley. There is a method in his heehaw. Equipped with handles at both ends. Kangaroos The kangaroo can jump incredible. But many fine Australians do. he turned with metronome and fife. People like dimples. So. Because it could not pronounce his name. Prefer him in tasty kangaroomeringues. Gazelles and things on which he feasts Address him as your highoness. . He held the human race to blame. outside. They don’t get cold. Cocks and Hens The rooster is a roistering hoodlum. Those with cookbooks as well as boomerangs. As Saint Sanes. They have a wrinkled moth proof hide. For with maidenly blush and accent mild The jenny-ass answers shee-haw. If you think the elephant preposterous. Some are whales. Come crown my brow with leaves of myrtle. In the African jungles and velds. I know to my profound despair. And some are round. I bet on one to beat a hare. The Wild Jackass Have ever you harked to the jackass wild. The Elephant Elephants are useful friends. Be quiet please – for here begins His salute to feathers. And husband of the lioness. Hands in pockets. passing by. You’ve probably never seen a rhinosterous. His battle cry is cock-a-doodleum. Some fish are slim. I also know I’m now a pauper. Or a hepcat on a harmoniger. He whistles at pullets. I’d rather be somewhere else. When people addressed him. But. The Lion The lion is the king of beasts. Which scientists call the onager? It sounds like the laugh of an idiot child. cap over eye.Appendix G Carnival of the Animals Poems by Ogden Nash The Tortoise Introduction Camille Saint-Saens Was wracked with pains. torper. fur and fins. But every fishwife Fears for her fish.

Rolling. carnivalie. Saint Saens has done a miraculous thingling. For pure conceit he takes the crown. A blight they are he said. Saint Saens on the other hand. All the brasses look like mumps From blowing umpah. He looks in the mirror over and ovea. In outdoing Barnum and Bailey. they cynically disparage Everybody else’s marriage. And the sea gull sings a gullaby.Mules In the world of mules There are no rules. Pianists Some claim that pianists are human. “Cheer up sad world. The Swan The swan can swim while sitting down. But just the clatter of their bones. And claims to have never heard of Pavlova. Fossils At midnight in the museum hall. Birds Puccini was Latin. Amid the mastodonic wassail I caught the eye of one small fossil. They fail as husbands and as wives. Therefore. There were no drums or saxophones.” The nightingale sings a lullaby. Truman. That’s what shepherds listened to in Arcadia Before somebody invented the radia. and Wagner Teutonic. Imitating crawly creatures. “It’s kind of fun to be extinct. The Grand Finale Now we’ve reached the grand finale. And birds are incurable philharmonic. Pterodactyls and brontosauruses Sang ghostly prehistoric choruses. The fossils gathered for a ball. Heh. umps. and simian. Issue from the skillful band. . All the strings contort their features. and Ringling. and quote the case of Mr. Considered them a scurvy band. umpah. Noises new to sea and land.” he said and winked.” The Cuckoo in the Wild Cuckoos lead bohemian lives. The skylark sings a roundelay. Instead of normal men and wimian. Of mammoth polkas and mazurkas. Suburban yards and rural vistas Are filled with avian Andrew Sisters. rattling carefree circus. On an animalie. The crow sings “The Road to Mandalay.

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