Themed Lesson: Snow

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Snow · Pixabay/Rick Veldman

Age Range: Listening for all ages; activities designed for elementary-aged children

Introduction: In this lesson, activities are paired with listening suggestions to help listeners discover and enjoy music inspired by snow. Select activities listed below based on time allotted, classroom goals, and student needs.

Total Music Time: 21:36

Free Download: Printable Lesson Plan: Snow


Brainstorm a list of descriptive words for snow. Ask students to describe how it looks and how it makes them feel.


The Snowman is an animated movie about a snowman who comes to life. The main theme music for this movie is called Walking in the Air, by Howard Blake. As you listen, do a snowflake-related art project. Maybe it's drawing a pretty winter scene, or cutting out paper snowflakes. Find good ideas for snowflake crafts here.


Composer Scott Joplin wrote a short piece for solo piano called When Your Hair is Like the Snow. What do you think that title means? After listening, write a sentence or two that explains your thoughts about the title.


In his ballet The Nutcracker, composer Peter Tchaikovsky wrote a dance called Waltz of the Snowflakes. As you listen, take a movement break and dance around like a snowflake.


In the song Snowflake, by Kate Bush, she begins by singing from the perspective of a snowflake. What do you think it would feel like to be a snowflake?

As you listen, do a little research about how snow is actually formed. Find some snow-related facts and vocabulary for younger children here. Older children might enjoy learning how snowflakes are formed, by reading here.


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