Animal Action


ELA and Music

  • 30-45 Minutes


  • “Carnival of the Animals” CD
  • Chart Paper
  • Markers, Crayons
  • Drawing/Writing Paper
  • Pencils

Lesson Overview:

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.


Step 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.

Step 2: Ask students to pantomime the lion/elephant when the music plays again. Add more descriptive words to the chart.

Step 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.


Students are able to generate a list of descriptive words before and after acting/moving like a lion or an elephant.

Students can use/identify the descriptive words in their writing.