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SMARTBoard Lesson: Snowflake Music Math

Just in time for the cold, snowy days of winter, here is a COOL SMARTBoard Lesson: Snowflake Music Math

This activity, Snowflake Music Math for Grades 1-3, combines the best of music and math into an interactive SMARTBoard lesson perfect for the winter months.

Prior Knowledge: Students must know the following note values: dotted half, half, quarter, quarter rest, and eighth note pair

Music + Math – In this activity, students must add and/ or subtract note values to reach a specific sum.

Snowflake Music Math Rhythms

  • Touch a snowflake on the home page.
  • Get an assignment. Linked snowflakes take students to a random page with an assignment to find a note value or a sum.
  • When the student is ready, they press, “GO.”
  • The next link is a page of spinning snowflakes. The students touch snowflakes to complete the assignment. Touched snowflakes stop spinning.
  • When the student is done, they touch the HOME link and the flakes reset for the next student.
  • There is an occasional SPLAT page linked just for fun.

SPLAT – Brain Break!

When I designed this lesson, the spinning animation feature seemed perfect for falling snow.  It’s kid-tested fun! When my students land on “SPLAT,” that is the signal to stand up, beat on your chest like Tarzan while turning around two times and sit back down like a church mouse. It’s a 3 second brain break that makes the activity so cool!

Snowflake Music Math is available on my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

I know you and your students will enjoy the musical snow!

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Cherie Herring

Music/Technology Integration at Hammond School
I teach elementary music, am passionate about integrating technology into my teaching, am obsessed with my SMARTBoard and iPad, and enjoy creating lessons and sharing ideas. I love technology almost as much as I love cheesecake, and with more energy and ideas than I know what to do with, I can't wait for the sun to come up each morning! I'm wife to Prince Charming and mom to three incredible girls who keep me balanced. . . sort of!

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  • Linda Lang November 16, 2012, 10:44 PM

    I do not know if you have a Smart board in your other buildings but this looks neat. There is the one in the library but that may be a pain.

  • carole burkhardt November 27, 2012, 10:30 PM


    I’ve been using my promethean a little… I made a candy rhythm thing for my kids for Halloween and I did a Boomwhacker chart where they wrote dropped third harmony using the correct colors and pitches for the B section of Chopsticks.(They loved it) I’d love to use some of your smart board activities but when I import them into active inspire, I’m not successful in making the play aspect work correctly. When I use my arrow tool it just selects your snowflake…. Of course I’m trying it at home on my laptop and not on the board, but I’m wondering what I’m doing wrong. Any suggestions???

    Thanks so much

    • Cherie Herring November 27, 2012, 10:42 PM


      I’m not sure what is wrong. Are you talking about the spinning snowflakes? It is designed to have the snowflakes start spinning as soon as you enter the page. All of those settings are under “Properties” and “Animations.” I know how to fix it on SMART Notebook software, but I just don’t know about the Promethean software. Can you explore the software and look for the animation feature? I”ll go on line and see if I can find out more about how to do that on your board. It’s no fun if doesn’t spin!

      • carole burkhardt November 28, 2012, 10:19 PM

        no i mean when i use the arrow tool to click on the snowflakes to do the math, it selects them instead as if to move them.

        I’m going to try it on my board on Friday when I have a few free minutes. These days in December are CRAZY!

        • Cherie Herring November 28, 2012, 10:55 PM

          I will also take a look at it tomorrow and get back to you.

  • Paige March 13, 2013, 3:33 PM

    How awesome are you!? I love this site! I’ve been making a ton of Smartboard stuff, and sometimes run out of ideas. Thanks for sharing! Also, thank you for not making me re-invent the wheel. When I have time, I’d love to be able to put my homemade things on a blog. Maybe some day I can repay your generosity. 🙂

  • Kathy Kellen February 23, 2014, 12:45 PM

    I’m a K-2 music teacher who loves technology! Always looking for new ideas to incorporate! 🙂

    • Cherie Herring February 23, 2014, 5:45 PM

      Hi Kathy! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you can use some of my SMARTBoad lessons. I’d love to hear how you are integrating technology with your little ones. I use PicCollage, Doodle Cast, and Book Creator with my youngest students. I haven’t really used any musical apps with them yet. Cherie

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