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There are 8 exercises to complete during Lesson 3 + 1 homework.

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Lesson Content + Exercise Information:

1. Homeowork: Homework:

Use the homework from the previous lesson to recap the information on the violin by asking for pupils to share their acrostic poems.

2. Discussion: Excitement:
  1. Excited (!) – Discuss what this word means.
  2. Show previous story picture.
  3. Play the music of verse 2 as you read the story.
  4. Ask them why they think that Violet the Violin is playing so excitedly?
  5. Read narrative with the class and ask if anyone can see the exclamation mark (!) in the paragraph.
  • To show that exciting things are happening in the story. Then read the narration together to reflect the exclamation mark.


3. Explain:
  1. That when there is growing excitement in the story we can add exclamation marks.
  2. In music, excitement is shown when the music gets gradually louder. This is called a crescendo (show crescendo sign).

When musicians see this sign they play their music louder and louder and LOUDER.

4. Introduce: Crescendo Croc
  1. Crescendo Croc
  2. Explain that when exciting things happen in the prince’s story, Crescendo Croc appears to tell the instruments to make their music get louder and louder and louder.
  3. Read page 8 of story
  4. Read through the poem together twice
    Crescendo Croc Poem:I am crescendo croc and very keen
    To show you all just what I mean
    For at the start, my teeth softly tap
    Getting louder as I end in a great big SNAP!

    – On the second reading, tell the class to whisper the poem and get louder at the end until they shout ‘snap’!
  5. Ask the class to imagine they are a crocodile and to speak in a voice that could be a crocodiles (see video in preparation for more information)

Create a crescendo at the end of the poem with voices.



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5. Reacting to Music:
  1. Play verse 2 of the music
  2. Allow the children to listen to the music. Can they hear which instrument is playing? What is happening in this part of the music?
  3. Re-read Violet the Violin’s poem to refresh memory of features.
  4. Play verse 2 of music again.
    [If available hand out untuned/percussion instruments.]
  5. As the music plays, have the class play along softly in time with the violins, creating a crescendo along with the music

If instruments are not available, the class can march or dance around the room and create bigger movements as the crescendo occurs.


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6. Responding to Words:
  1. Responding to words:
    1. Hand out untuned instruments if available. If not the children can use their hands/feet/bodies to create audible actions.
    2. Display the ‘responding to words’ sheet.
    3. Explain that you will call out the words in a random order – when you read an exciting word, the children must create a crescendo.
  • Before you begin, have the children play slow soft beats altogether, ready to play a crescendo when a shocking or exciting word is read
  • Words on the sheet: Exciting words: dramatic, hectic, shocking, astonishing, dangerous,Non-exciting words: dull, boring, unexciting, tiring, stale, lifeless
 7. Performing Exercise
  1. Hand out untuned instruments (or clap)
  2. Hold up the picture of the crescendo.
  3. Have the class sing the prince’s song with actions.
  4. Hold up the crescendo at random moments and have the class sing a crescendo when the sign is shown

Repeat with volunteers leading the exercise.


Music + Vocals:

8. Responding to Words: Individual exercise:
  1. Hand out lined paper to each child.
  2. Have the children write down a list of at least 5 activities that they find unexciting, and one that they find exciting (for example, a party may be exciting whereas going on a walk may be unexciting).
  3. Hand out untuned instruments to the class – if not available, class can clap etc.
  4. Ask the class to create a slow and soft beat in unison with their instruments [see video]
  5. Have individuals read their words out as the class are making their beats. When they say their exciting word, the class should make a crescendo with their instruments/actions.
9.  Homework:
  • Word search activity sheet

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