A Musical Journey with Ferdinand the Bull

Project Description

The well know children's book, The Story of Ferdinand, written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson, is brought to life through narration and music from Bizet's opera Carmen. This entertaining and gentle approach explores themes such as conformity, aggression, and individual differences.  You will also meet the instrumental members of a woodwind quintet, and learn how they leverage their differences to make music together. 

The book narration can be reserved in English and/or in Spanish. This is a great opportunity to integrate the arts into a Spanish classroom!

Teachers who reserve this resource can also choose to book a FREE follow up "Artist Talk" with Dr. Kyra Zhang via Zoom.

What's Included

-Lesson plan
-Digital Copy of Resource Guide
-Full Companion Video
-Optional artist follow up

Guiding Question

Elements of Storytelling: What are our basic tools? 

Artistic Process


Standards Addressed

IM.R.NL.7.1. I can actively listen to music performances.

This resource also aligns with the following from the Profile of the SC Graduate:

World Class Skills: Creativity and Innovation
Life and Career Characteristics: Global Perspective, Interpersonal Skills

About the Project Creators

To learn more about the Music Department Faculty click here.

To learn more about Dr. Kyra Zhang click here.

Interested In This Resource? 

Reservations for this resource are currently closed.

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About the Governor's School's Outreach Programs

As a part of the Governor’s School’s mission to serve as a resource to teachers and students across the state, the Office of Outreach provides classroom resources and professional learning opportunities to enrich arts education in South Carolina. Learn more.