So here it is! Nutcracker Anchor Charts!! I've had these for years and use them faithfully every year.
Every year in 4th grade I do a big unit on the Nutcracker, focusing on the Suite as the meat of my unit. My goal for the students is that they become familiar with all 8 sections and learn to recognize each one based on their differences. So We look at all of them and discover those things that are unique to each movement. For example the celesta is only in the Sugar Plum Fairy; the tambourine is featured in the Russian Dance; and the harp solo is unique to the Waltz of the Flowers. These items make each dance unique and help students get to know the differences between them .
Students fill out a packet of 'notes' as we go along - very simple notes. To help them internalize and recall the things that make each part of the suite unique. Student packet link to TPT site HERE.
Nutcracker Anchor Charts
As an extra added incentive to listen for The Nutcracker outside of school I usually have a "Nutcracker Sightings" bulletin board set up with a bunch of 1/4 sheets of paper where students can tell me which selection they heard and where they were when they heard it. I joke and tease with them and tell them that the Nutcracker is EVERYWHERE and not to be surprised, if suddenly one day you are at the mall and you have to go and there you are in the restroom and boom THE NUTCRACKER! OMG!!
This is a great segue way into a quick and easy graphing/math activity. Graph the sections to see which one was heard the most. Results may depend on what commercials are playing which parts of the Nutcracker that year. But that is an entirely different but still interesting conversation for you and your students. : )