Detective Decrescendo and the Hunt for Favorite Melodies


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Detective Decrescendo and the Hunt for Favorite Melodies
A Seek & Circle game
By Barbara Meeks and Bonnie J. Krueger
32 pages

Discover the stories of some of music's most famous melodies as you help Detective Decrescendo with his seek-and-circle investigations. Each of the 10 "cases" starts with an illustrated scene based on the melody. Various clues and pictures surround the scene. The case is solved after all of the hidden artifacts are found.
As a classroom activity, pre- and early readers can look for the hidden objects while older students can read the facts about each melody as they search. The case file includes several facts about the piece, the composer and the subject of the piece. Also, a list of additional artifacts is provided as an optional activity extension.
All puzzles are reproducible as well as the page of badges that you can use to promote students to the rank of Melody Detective.

Letter from Detective Decrescendo
Carnival of the Animals (Camille Saint-Saens)
The Four Seasons (Antonio Vivaldi)
West Side Story (Leonard Bernstein)
La Mer (Claude Debussy)
The Nutcracker (Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
The Movie Music of John Williams
Grand Canyon Suite (Ferde Grofe)
The Planets (Gustav Holst)
Take the "A" Train (Billy Strayhorn)
Rodeo (Aaron Copland)
Answer Keys
Additional Artifacts
Melody Detective Badges
Captain Crescendo


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