I thought I'd share my YouTube finds because they are of very good quality and the kids LOVED them both! It was a great follow up to the lessons last week- the kids really understood the story and loved hearing the songs that they used in their activities.
Here is a version of the ballet filmed in 2012 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia- I used this for Kindergarten-3rd grades:
Here is a version of the (slightly altered story) Nutcracker Prince- a cartoon film from 1990, I used this for PreK and Montessori:
In addition, with my 1st graders (who can't sit for a whole hour watching a movie), I added the snowflake ballerina activity found here. It was a little hard for their little hands, but the results were really cute!
Hope everyone who was still in school had a great last couple days- I just have a school-wide Sing Along later- then heading home for a much-needed, restful winter break!!