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I have a real nutcracker
(decorative purposes only) and I take him to school to show the
children exactly what a "nutcracker" is and what it's used for.
Because this one is only for show, I always make sure to tell the
children that and that ties in with the book. We talk about
how if I really tried to crack nuts with him, that he would break
(like the one in the book).
The Nutcracker Ballet ~ Carol Thompson (with
Purchase a bag of mixed nuts at the grocery
store and have students sort them into types (walnut, chestnuts,
pecans, almonds, Brazil nuts, etc.), colors (light brown, dark
brown), or size (large/small).
In the links below are nutcracker printables.
Find a good pattern and make math mats with it. Program each
nutcracker with a number, then have students count out the
appropriate number of nuts to match the number on the nutcracker.
Number some nutcrackers and have students sequence them. You
could also program them with the ABCs and have them do the same
thing. If you make them small enough to fit in the pocketchart,
they'll look like toy soldiers lined up.
TLC has a Nutcracker project. Their website says that it's in
their Winter book and that it has lots of pieces. I do not
have this book, nor have I done this project.
Kindergarten Dec/Jan 2000 - 01
Toilet Paper Roll Craft
Ballet - History
Story and Music
Lesson Plan for
The Nutcracker Ballet