Trombone Shorty Activities for 1-5

Students will have grand fun with Trombone Shorty activities that invite them to discover and design instruments, and more!
Trombone Shorty book cover with thumbnail images of free activity sheets and Novel Effect app on phone

Trombone Shorty Activities

Play through the day with Trombone Shorty activities. Students will have grand fun discovering their musical nickname, categorizing and designing instruments, making their own music, and more. These are perfect for music, library, and classroom activities. Whether you want to differentiate instruction for students, provide student choice, create fun fast finisher options, or focus on a particular skill, there are over a dozen activities to choose from. 

As a result of the included activities, students will be able to: Novel Effect's Trombone Shorty activity pages

  • compare music to another type of food.
  • find their own musical nickname.
  • categorize types of instruments.
  • design their own instrument.
  • write and illustrate story elements.
  • write about Troy Owens.
  • draw and visualize descriptive language from the story.
  • answer comprehension questions.
  • compose their own music. 
  • play Trombone Shorty Says.
  • research and view Trombone Shorty’s concerts.
  • reflect on and respond to comprehension questions and writing prompts.

Download Trombone Shorty Activities

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About the Book and Soundscape

Exactly how did Trombone Shorty earn his nickname? We quickly discover that famed musician Bo Diddley was swept away by Troy Adnrews’ talent.  Ever since Bo brought him up on stage, he has never left. This story shows how one young boy’s passion and determination to play music turned into a dream come true. Today, he continues to tour with his band, and inspire hope amongst future musicians. 

Readers and listeners will feel like they have been transported to New Orleans. This collaborative soundscape includes a live brass quintet that includes a trombone! 

Download the Novel Effect app to bring stories to life with music and sound that respond to your voice. 

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