I love the book, The Snowy Day, and so do my students! First graders have been experimenting with various sounds they can make with the mallet instruments. I thought this activity would be a perfect way to give them experience on the instruments as well as allow them some creative expression.
First, we read the story and talked about all of the things Peter did in the snow. Then, I had the students partner up and I assigned each of them an action from the story...
The students then worked with their partner to create a sound effect that could represent that action in the story. It was so neat to see the ideas they came up with!
After each group shared their ideas, I re-read the story and had the groups add their sound effect at the appropriate point in the story.