Beethoven Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about Beethoven with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains his life and musical work, discuss and interact with content, then work cooperatively on a project to show understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • provide a biography of Beethoven
  • ask and answer questions about Beethoven


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson Beethoven Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts, one for each student
  • Black and white construction paper
  • Cube templates
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Music samples by Beethoven
  • Highlighters
  • Access to the internet and/or books about Beethoven
  • Black and white crayons
  • Black construction paper cut into the shape of music notes

Key Vocabulary

  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Composer
  • Composition

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2

Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Play a music sample by Beethoven for students, then have them brainstorm questions they have about the composer and record on the board.
  • Divide students into partners and give each a dice template. Ask them to write one question about Beethoven on each dice face, then cut the template apart and tape together.


  • Distribute the lesson Beethoven Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts to students.
  • Read the section 'Ludwig van Beethoven' with students and ask:
    • What is a composer?
    • How do you think Beethoven composed when he couldn't hear?
  • Have partners read the remainder of the lesson together. When they're finished, ask them to roll their question dice and find the answers to their questions in the text and highlight.
  • For questions not found in the text, allow students to supplement with the internet or other text.
  • Create groups of six and have students share their questions and answers.
  • Come back together and have each group share a few of their questions and answers.
  • Re-read the 'Lesson Summary' and take the quiz.

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