The Carnival of the Animals- Camille Saint-Saëns: A Guided Listening Unit

Grade Levels
K - 8th
Formats Included
  • Zip
184 pages
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This resources is a guided listening unit for The Carnival of the Animals by French composer, Camille Saint-Saëns.

Included File Types:

  • PowerPoint - Includes all slides containing all options of the information below. You can pick and choose which slides you would like to use. Also includes extra slides with text boxes. Font information and installation help included.
  • Ready-to-go PDF - a file where I have selected the slides I would use personally. Seriously no work and zero prep if you use this file I have already prepared.

Covered Information:

  • Short biography of Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Short description of the piece
  • Instrument scoring slides for each movement
  • Characteristics slides to discuss what makes each movement sound like its featured animal(s)

Other Features:

  • Four different layouts for the movement title pages.
  • En Français titles
  • Clickable links to video examples (links to SafeShareTV - no audio/videos in the actual file)
  • Info about the glass harmonica, "armonica"
  • Accommodations for differences in titles and classifications. (ex., "birds" instead of "aviary", or classifying the piano as a keyboard instrument rather than grouping with the percussion family)

Page with YouTube links for examples have also been included. This allows you to use YouTube if SafeShare is blocked by your school or district, or you could also use my examples to plug into the safe browser of your choice.


SafeShareTV takes YouTube links and eliminates the distractions of related videos, autoplay, and best of all, NO ADS! This is why some sort of safe-viewer is recommended in the classroom. I have also made sure to edit the videos to crop out any unnecessary beginning time (like applause) so you get right to the music after clicking the link.

To see if your institution allows SafeShareTV, (from your institution's technology) click the link below to test the connection.

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You can always make use of this activity without SafeShareTV or YouTube, just delete the slides with the examples and use your own listening materials.

Total Pages
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