This packet contains two lesson ideas and worksheets. The first lesson is a listening activity that I do every year with my 5th graders and they absolutely love it. I use it as an active listening activity where they have to use describing words and pick out different instruments in the music. Then I turn it into a game by having them try to figure out what part of the Nutcracker it belongs to. The second activity is the Nutcracker Newspaper, which I've done with my older students to have them research a little more about the nutcracker. I've included a template but normally I have students create their own templates and use large construction paper as a background.