Frosty Weather in the Elementary Music Classroom

I have lesson ideas for nearly every musical element using the song Frosty Weather in your elementary music classroom. Keep reading to learn more about the versatility of this folk song.

frosty weather notation

Frosty Weather Movement

This idea goes along with another blog post I wrote called Pass the Plates, which you can read more about here. Begin the lesson by having students draw snowflakes on a paper plate. You can project examples of different snowflakes on the board, but encourage students to create their own unique snowflake. When finished, have the students work together to create simple movements for the song using their paper plate snowflakes. For Example:

  • Frosty weather (students raise their right arm up and down in a circular motion, creating an arch with their snowflake)
  • snowy weather (students create another arch with their left arm)
  • When the wind blows, (students shake and rattle their plates)
  • we all go together (students hold both plates out in front of them, touching their neighbors and creating a large ring of snowflakes)

Beauty in Diversity and Community

The benefit of having each student draw their own snowflake, is that you can lead a discussion on how each unique snowflake adds to the beauty of the song and how each snowflake we see outside on the ground plays a vital role in creating a beautiful blanket of snow. The same goes for students who work together to create beautiful music!


Once students are confidently singing this song on their own as a group, break them into two circles (still doing the original movements), and have them sing in a round. Not only will the movements help to keep them on track, but the students will be able to support their part by singing in circles toward each other, rather than singing in an unorganized clump.


Teach students a simple bordun on Orff instruments, using pitches G and C. Separate students into groups of singers and players. For an added challenge, have them sing in a round with the Orff accompaniment.


Repeat the song several times with an eight-beat break in the middle, consisting of you playing the steady beat on a drum. Once the students are singing the song confidently, ask for a volunteer to improvise a rhythm pattern during the eight-beat break. They could play your drum, pat, clap, or play a rhythm instrument of their choice. If all students are ready to improvise at once, simply let them take turns going around the circle.

Because I have so many ideas displayed, I opted not to do my usual lesson guide template. Instead, I simply copied and pasted my ideas to create a PDF for you to download. If you’re anything like me, sometimes you just want a piece of paper for your own personal records. I hope you found these ideas helpful!

8 Responses

  1. This set of ideas is very similar to the way I build a lesson plan around a song- I love all of the variety you've included! I had honestly forgotten about this song- such a timely one for this time of year. I really think this might be perfect for next week. Thanks so much for putting these ideas together! You save me so much time 😉 #fermatafridays

  2. Although we don't have snowflakes down here in Houston, most of us have at least seen snow somewhere else. This would be a fun song and set of activities to use. Thanks for sharing this!

  3. Thank you for always wonderful ideas you share with us. As Elizabeth have already mentioned, I love the way you build your lesson around the song. It does work well most of the time.
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    1. Thanks so much for saying that! It means a lot to me to know that my ideas are helpful and being used in classrooms. Also, I'm glad you like the new design 🙂