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“Mystery of the Nutcracker Prince” is inspired by Tchaikovsky's music and the the "Nutcracker Ballet." This exciting game helps students review the line and space notes on the treble clef. This is the sixth in my Music Detective series. This would be a great way to integrate treble clef notes and Christmas music together. You could also play this game before or after studying the Nutcracker.
This resource includes two files of this game, one for PowerPoint and one for SMART Notebook.
Students solve clues by deciphering words using treble clef letter names. This game only uses EGBDF and FACE, no notes above or below the staff.
The story for this game keeps the students engrossed in learning. In the game, students meet Clara, the girl from "The Nutcracker Ballet." When her nutcracker prince toy goes missing, she calls her uncle Maxwell, the music detective. They, along with her brother Fritz, follow the treble clef clues to find the toy and discover who "toynapped" the prince! The students click on items in the house based on the clues; these items, when selected, link them to the next clue.
This game deviates from the original story, which leaves room for discussion about similarities and differences between this and the original.
This game takes approximately two 30-minute classes depending on the level of students, who reads the story, and if you include a short review of the line and space notes (I included a page each for line notes and space notes). Some classes may finish quicker. This lesson would be most appropriate and enjoyable for exceptional 2nd graders up to 5th or 6th grade.
I hope you enjoy this fun, interactive game!
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