Instruments, Movement, Orff, Rhythm, Singing


As an Orff Schulwerk teacher I try and utilize the Music for Children Volumes in my classroom as much as I can.  All of these pieces and melodies work great for young students.  When working with the Volumes, I try and be creative in the lyrics and process I write for my students.  It also is helpful in my teaching when I can use the same some in many different grade levels.  This cuts down on the planning time in a huge way.

One of my newer songs I have used in my classroom is called Snowflakes.  My 2nd graders are even doing this song in their concert next week!  I have many ideas on how to utilize this song in a classroom so use as little or as much as you would like.  If you would like to purchase any of the visuals you see visit my TPT store: Snowflakes

The melody for this song can be found in Music for Children Vol. 1 pg 104 #15. Lyrics and process by Allison Croskey


For my 2nd graders I use this song to teach or reinforce the half note.  We start with the steady beat and then move to identifying the different notes.  Once we find the rhythm of the whole song students can then find the form.

2nd Grade and beyond can work with the solfege of the song as well.  Depending on where you are with your curriculum you could use this to teach DRM with 2nd grade or even just practice a good pentatonic song in 3rd grade.  We practice looking at the notes on the staff and then finding the melody on the staff.  I kept my version in the given key of C, but it could be transposed to another key if you would like.

For rhythm composition, I start students by practicing 4 beat rhythms that I have created.  Then there are multiple versions of some worksheets or activities for the students to create their own rhythms.  These worksheets work for any grade level.  Keeping first grade with just the basic 4 snowflake worksheet:

4 Snowflakes:  Students fill each snowflake with 1 beat (no half notes). Then decide which direction through the snowflakes their song should go.  Students then perform their rhythm composition


AB writing:  Students compose 2 different writing patterns creating an AB, or ABAB pattern.  Good reinforcement of the pattern of the song.

Snowflake Manipulatives: print, laminate and cut each paper in half so you have 1 snowflake.  These are rhythm building blocks of 2 beats.  Students can use 2 snowflakes together to create a 4 beat rhythm.  Students can do and A and a B pattern to create an entire song.

I have also taught my students how to play this basic melody and accompaniment parts.  These parts are located in the Music for Children Vol. 1.  My visuals and lyrics for these parts are included in the Teachers Pay Teachers purchase.

Finally, for 3rd-5th grade, or even beyond, students can compose their own melodies.  You can teach them the basic melody or not.  They might get hooked on making their melodies too much like the original if taught the melody first. Versus if they don’t know the original melody they might be more inclined to have more creativity in their writing.

I teach the rhythm of the song.  We review the melodic notes and how they correspond to the letters on the barred instruments.  We first do this process as a whole group, then smaller groups or individuals.  Students follow the basic directions for composing.  As they compose a measure they should try and play that measure before moving on.  This way they can check their work as they go along.  Students love this project based learning and as a teacher I love all the different ways I can assess their learning during this.

Lots of ideas here that you can use in your classroom!  Feel free to use these ideas when you find the melody in the volumes.  

Also if you would like the visuals or even more process make sure to check it out in my Teachers Pay Teachers store: Snowflakes


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