As a extension to our winter legends
(Tomten) & seasons/winter Sostice science unit, we watched the silent Snowman movie.
The story is told through pictures, action and music. It is wordless except for the very beginning where a man recalls a day when he was 8. There is a beautiful song "Walking in the Air" which we read and analyzed before watching the movie. It is a beautiful choral song about the fleeting adventures of a young boy and a snowman who has come to life. In the second part of the story, the boy and the snowman fly to the North Pole and the song "Walking in the Air" is the theme music for the journey. They attend a party of snowmen where the boy is the only human.
The ending is sad and it is not rare to witness a few sniffles. But this was a great opportunity to talk about how things change and what they thought the boy did or could do next.
As a group we filled out the GO chart and they were able to add a solution to the sad ending. When we return in Jan. these will be used to help them write their own snowman adventure.