Winter Music Lesson Plans from an Orff Approach

  • I love seasonal activities. Students learn a lot more than music and are so excited about the lesson. Winter stories will warm up the music room with movement, instruments and singing.   These are the annual ones that I enjoy during the winter months:  

    Froggy Gets Dressed Did YOU forget to put something on? If you don't have this lesson plan, you can find it in DOWNLOADS, under the category, “Stories with Music”. Don’t our 4 and-5 year olds just laugh hysterically over the word “underwear”? Too funny!

    Another in the Downloads category, “Stories with Music” for the winter is Snowy Day. Hopefully you have Kids Can Listen, Kids Can Move so have the recording of Forgotten Dreams, a beautiful piece by Leroy Anderson.

    The Little Penguins Tale, is a  precious story book for winter. Detailed lesson plans for these three stories are available in in Music Box Downloads, click Stories with Music. Options for Orff, movement, singing and more.

    Here’s a few favorites from the book and CD In All Kinds of Weather, Kids Make Music:

    Five Little Jingle Bells (a delightful sleighing song featuring our favorite horse puppet, Cocoa)

    Warm Wendall – make the felts from the back of the book or dress up and act it out yourself.  Great for unpitched percussion.

    Five Little Snowman, Snow (Yuki) - There is an Orff accompaniment for both of these songs The counting felt set from (use your MB coupon if you order) has snowmen so I use the felt board when we do the Orff part to show the snowmen melt and see what verse we are singing next. (I use this set for so many songs!)                                             

    Go to Music Box Videos and be inspired to go ice skating using paper plates or get the cotton balls and parachute and be prepared for a big snow fall.

    Lots more winter fun, don’t forget to use the SEARCH function to see some inspiring winter lesson ideas.