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Song of the Month, December

I'm so excited, I figured out how to embed audio!  You can hear my students.  I'm so proud of them.  Let me know if you enjoy this new feature on the blog.

Frosty Weather

Source: 120 Singing Games and Dances for Elementary Schools by Lois Choksy
Game Type: Standing circle, hands held
Age: Preschool, Kindergarten, Grade 1
Tone set: Drm sl
Musical uses:
ta: first 8 beats, good in rhythm matching worksheet
re practice:  descending scalar pattern
in tune singing: with ostinato from la pattern at the end of the song
Orff instruments: chord bordun with color on words ending in -er.
Teaching Tip: When students become a clump, they tend to giggle and lose sight of the dangers of going back to their places without falling on each other.  Teach the song and the moves separately.  Time-out any child who falls during practice.  They need to be hyper-vigilant in order to stay safe.  

The Choksy book has a great explanation of the game, but I think you'll enjoy a child's perspective on the game.  Here is a very articulate 5-year-old young lady.  

How to play Frosty Weather, 5 year old L

Notice how some children only match the contour of the phrases while other hit all the notes in tune.  Draw attention to good models in the group and praise the progress of younger kids.
Frosty Weather sung by children age 3-6

Update: 1/25/2014
The movement: Students gently hold hands and make bunches of baby steps toward the center of the circle as they sing. On "Three steps back and-a one, two, three," the students back track and end up in their original place.

The lyrics: Frosty weather, snowy weather, when the wind blows we all get together. Three steps back and-a one, two, three!

It is sung quite accurately by the students in the mp3 clips above. One syllable per note. s m r d s m r d s s s s l s m m r d.

Hope this helps.


miredo said…
I looked in 120 Singing Games and could not find Frosty Weather. Do you have a page number?

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