Silver and Gold

What can I say, I love this song!  Sam the Snowman sings it in the old "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" show and it reminds me of watching those as a young kid.  Looking back, in the movie it really has an important message about values.  Here's the song:

I put the lyrics into a PowerPoint so the students can sing and read the lyrics:

What can I say, 5th grade is in full-fledged tom-ti practice and what's nice about them reading the rhythm of this song is that it's in 3/4 meter.  While we are practicing tom-ti now, next year I might be preparing tom-ti with 4th grade by this point (my 3rd graders are just that kind of class, they pick up things really fast).  Here are a couple samples of the preparation slides:

Since we are practicing, here are a couple of the practice slides in my PowerPoint that 5th grade will read next week:

And here's what the whole song looks like with solfa added to the slides:

I mentioned in an earlier post that my friend Tanya LeJeuene posted an article on Facebook about how neglected 3/4 meter is.  This made me think and, yes, I am guilty of this.  So I thought I would make a meter sorting game to go with this song.  Triple meter will be matched with "Silver Bells" (three syllables) and duple meter will be matched with "Gold Bells (two syllables. . . so we'll talk about how 4/4 is a form of duple meter).

Students will work in pairs and each set of pairs will have one sheet that is laminated and looks like this:
They will also have the following sheet of rhythms, cut into individual rhythm patterns.  Working with their partner, they must put all the 3/4 rhythms under the "Silver Bells" and all the 2/4 & 4/4 rhythms under the "Gold Bells".
If you are interested in this file, you can find it at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.


  1. Hi Amy! I LOVE all of your ideas and your Power Points! Is there a specific place you go to get your PPT backgrounds? Also, do you have any good suggestions for typing the words in under the rhythms? It takes me forever to determine what size will work with the rhythm for the text. Lastly, do you do 2 text boxes between the rhythms and text or just 1?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Amy!
      I'm glad you like the PowerPoints! I just use google images for my backgrounds- I fit them to the slide and then I lighted the transparency so they're not so dark. With the words under the rhythms I just play with it until I get it to look and fit the way I want. I wish I knew an easier way, you think there would be! I use Music Ed Font so I use only one text box, that makes it easier to line them up. I hope that helps!



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