Trombone Shorty Activities

Jazz up read-alouds with Trombone Shorty activities! This pack combines music and English Language Arts for a harmonious learning experience.

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48 pages

Grades 1-5


We’ve orchestrated English Language Arts and Music activities designed to hit all the right notes. There’s a crescendo of creativity and a symphony of skills in Trombone Shorty activities. They’re a melodious mix of learning that’ll have learners swinging from reading comprehension to rhythm comprehension! Jazz up your teaching game with resonant read-alouds.

As a result of the included activities, students will be able to:

  • color instruments. 
  • make a musical nickname.
  • match instruments to their families. 
  • sequence the story.
  • write about problems and solutions and cause and effect.
  • alphabetize words.
  • determine character traits for trombone shorty.
  • write facts and research Trombone Shorty.
  • write about the story’s theme.
  • sort figurative language from the story.
  • make text to self, text to text, and text to world connections.
  • apply writing skills with writing templates and prompts.
  • practice reading comprehension with included discussion questions for beginning, middle, and end of the book.
  • engage in social skills with whole group prompts and activities.
  • develop fine motor skills through coloring, tracing, cutting, and gluing activities.
  • participate in a storytelling circle. 
  • research trombone shorty’s concerts.

These activities can be used by the whole group, at stations or centers, or provide student choice. They’re perfect for differentiation and focusing on specific learning goals and skills. 

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💙After snagging your Trombone Shorty activities, elevate your read-aloud performance by syncing it with the jazzy soundscape in your Novel Effect app!

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 will feel like they have been transported to New Orleans with this collaborative soundscape that includes a live brass quintet with a trombone! Buy the book.

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