Animal Action Art Integration Lesson Plan

By |2018-10-30T11:21:16-07:00May 6th, 2011|

Overview: Lesson pairing descriptive writing with music and movement.

Today’s lesson is geared toward 1st and 2nd grade students and is a wonderful way to include movement, music and writing.  Often, it’s difficult to get this age group excited and engaged about writing.  Typically, we are so concerned with grammar that many children begin to dread the writing process.  This lesson allows students to open up, be creative, and still incorporate descriptive writing practice.  Many thanks to Ginny Ellingsworth for such a great lesson plan!



Discuss and review words that come to mind when describing a lion/elephant. Chart these words according to their parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.).


Tell the students that they will be listening to the Lion/Elephant selections of “The Carnival of the Animals”. Then, play the lion/elephant music selection.


  1. Through discussion (What do the animals/their surroundings look like? What are they doing? Are they moving? How are they moving?), chart any additional descriptive words that the music brings to mind.
  2. Ask students to pantomime the lion/elephant when the music plays again. Add more descriptive words to the chart.
  3. In groups, have the children come up with several sentences using descriptive language about one of the animals. They can then illustrate their writing.

Transition: Provide time to share finished products. Ask students to act out the sentences in a tableau. Other students can guess the sentences after seeing each tableau.

Closure: As a class, discuss and praise the children’s use of descriptive language in their writing.


  1. Amy November 10, 2013 at 11:51 am - Reply

    I enjoyed the lesson on animal action. I teach second grade and my students just finished a week of research on an animal of choice. The facts were put in a flip book with pictures and diagrams. I think this would be a great extension to their research. Next week, I am going to ask the children to make a poem, cheer or chant, song, or do a pantomime about their animal. It would definitely be much more exciting than rereading facts aloud to the whole class. This project would be great to present to kindergarteners!

    • susanedcloset November 10, 2013 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      What a wonderful idea, Amy! I love the idea to use this as an extension of a research project – we often miss out on the opportunity to present research to our peers. This will be a great way for students to develop that aspect. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. […] Resources: EdCloset Resource- Animal Action; Book- Carnival of the Animals by Jack Prelutsky; DVD- Carnival of the Animals (Mormon Youth […]

  3. Maria Lucia Mesquita September 13, 2018 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Excelent, thanks for sharing. Amy´s ideas are very good too.

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