World’s Fair Suite by Ferde Grofé, A Musical Lesson, Activities & Worksheets


Listen to Ferde Grofe’s music written for the World’s Fair of 1939 – The World of Tomorrow and contrast the sounds of the 1964 Fair – Peace Through Understanding. Learn about the history of World Fairs and the evolution from 1939 to now. Integrated learning through the activities included will inspire creativity in students.


Packet includes:

  • History of New York World’s Fair (1939)
  • Trylon and Perisphere by Ferde Grofé
  • History of the Novachord
  • New York World’s Fair (1964)
  • World’s Fair Suite by Ferde Grofé
  • Digital links to YouTube videos
  • About the composer Ferde Grofé (including pictures)
  • History of the World’s Fair
  • Vocabulary
  • Lots of full page images
  • Several visual art, drama / theatre, dance, music and language arts activities
  • Printable worksheets:
    • World’s Fair Suite of 1962 Worksheet
    • World’s Fair Journal Worksheet
    • World’s Fair Mystery Worksheet
    • Design an Amusement Park Ride Worksheet
    • Design an Amusement Park Worksheet
    • Design an Amusement Park Worksheet
    • World’s Fair Logo or Stamp Worksheet
    • World’s Fair Tour Script Worksheet
    • Premier Performance Intro Worksheet
    • Trylon & Perisphere Worksheet
    • Unisphere Worksheet
    • International Worksheet
    • Fun at the Fair Worksheet
    • Pavilions of Industry Worksheet
    • National Worksheet
    • Trylon Monument Worksheet

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

This is the perfect lesson and activity for older elementary school children and teachers. The the music is between 12 – 33 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.


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