Death Valley Suite by Ferde Grofé, A Musical Lesson, Activities & Worksheets


Hear the sounds and see Death Valley through Ferde Grofe’s Death Valley Suite. Learn about the history of Death Valley, wagon trains, mining, the railroad as well as first inhabitants and early settlers. Guided and creative listening as well as integrated learning through the activities included.


Lesson includes:

  • Lesson plan about the Death Valley Suite by Ferde Grofé
  • Digital links to YouTube videos
  • About the composer Ferde Grofé (including pictures)
  • Facts & History about the Death Valley
  • History of The California Gold Rush & Death Valley Travels
  • Information about the people who live in Death Valley
  • History of Borax in Death Valley
  • Vocabulary
  • Lots of full page images
  • Several visual art, math, music and language arts activities
  • Printable worksheets:
    • Death Valley Suite Art Worksheet
    • Wagon Train Math Worksheet
    • Death Valley Quiz Worksheet
    • Listen to Funeral Mountains Worksheet
    • Listen to 49er Emigrant Train Worksheet
    • Listen to Desert Water Hole Worksheet
    • Listen to Sandstorm Worksheet
    • 20 Mule Team Art Worksheet
    • Borax Soap Box Worksheet
    • Covered Wagon Coloring Page
    • Wagon Train Journal
    • Death Valley Suite Writing Worksheet
    • Wagon Train List Worksheet
    • Sandstorm Poem Worksheet
    • Desert Water Hole Writing Worksheet

This is the perfect lesson and activity for older elementary school children and teachers. The the entire suite is about 18 minutes long (the movements are 4-4.5 minutes each) and the lesson could take about 50 minutes. Depending on the activity or activities you choose they could take 15+ minutes to complete.

Lesson includes digital links to YouTube videos and free audio files. There are also several geography activities, dance activities, language art / writing activities, and visual art activities to go along.


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