The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky Musical Lesson, Activities & Worksheets


Just the mention of the The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky starts everyone to humming or dancing to one of the pieces from it. Share the love of The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky with your students with this musical lesson plan and activities!

Lesson includes digital links to YouTube videos and free audio files. There are also several musical activities, writing activities, dance activities, a reading list and art activities to go along. Additionally, there is information about the composer, Tchaikovsky and printable worksheets – including a Nutcracker crossword puzzle. This is the perfect lesson and activity for elementary school children and teachers.

The whole Nutcracker ballet can last about 2 hours, but most of the songs are under 5 minutes. The lesson could take about 30 minutes. Depending on the activity or activities you choose they could take anywhere from 15 minutes to a couple of days.

.You can see an example of the lesson plan on Stephanie Skolmoski’s blog.



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Packet Includes:

  • Lesson plan about The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky
  • In depth information about the composer Tchaikovsky
  • Links to YouTube videos and free audio files – including ideas for sharing them with your class
  • Information and links to modern interpretations of The Nutcracker
  • Images to print for visual aids or bulletin boards
  • Printable worksheets
  • Printable crossword puzzle
  • Printable story of The Nutcracker
  • Musical Vocabulary
  • Nutcracker flower pot craft with instructions and template
  • Activities to go along with the music (writing, musical, dance, art, reading)

Lesson takes about 30 minutes

Activities take 15+ minutes to complete

Grades: K-6

Formats Included
  • PDF
  • 26 pages


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