Themed Lesson: Snow!

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Snow · Pixabay/Rick Veldman

Age Range: Elementary

Learning Objective: Students will have opportunities to create, perform, respond and connect to pieces inspired by snow.

Note to Teachers: As opposed to a sequential lesson plan, themed lessons are a pick-and-choose model. Select repertoire and activities from the lists below based on your time and needs.

REPERTOIRE OPTIONS

ACTIVITY OPTIONS

RESPOND. Brainstorm a list of descriptive words for snow. Ask students to describe how it looks and how it makes them feel. Then, choose a piece to listen to. Share a little information and discuss if the composer captured the sound or essence of snow.

  • 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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