26 Feb 2013
Updated06 Jul2013

Download a new song from ESL KidStuff: The Weather Song

The Weather SongThe Weather Song

Song Theme: Asking about and describing the weather
Target Vocab: How’s the weather?, Look outside, sunny, rainy, windy, cloudy, snowy, foggy, hot, cold.
Song Length: 1:39

A great song for teaching different weather vocab with a really nice, easy tune.  Can be used for any age group.

Here is the full song (or click here to download to your computer):


We have also made a video to go with the song:


Verse 1:

How’s the weather? How’s the weather?
Look outside.
How’s the weather? How’s the weather?
Look outside.
It’s sunny, it’s rainy, it’s windy, it’s cloudy.
It’s snowy, it’s foggy, it’s hot, it’s cold.

Verse 2:

How’s the weather? How’s the weather?
Look outside.
How’s the weather? How’s the weather?
Look outside.
It’s sunny, it’s rainy, it’s windy, it’s cloudy.
It’s snowy, it’s foggy, it’s hot, it’s cold.


Gestures to use with The Weather Song

There are some easy gestures you can do as you sing along to the song:

  1. For the question part “How’s the weather?”, sing along and do the ‘palms of the hands up’ question gesture.
  2. For the “Look outside” part, face the window and put your hand over your eyes (like a salute), as if you were looking into the distance.
  3. Use hand gestures for the weather words:
  • sunny: slowly spread your arms out
  • rainy: wiggle your fingers downwards like rain
  • windy: gesture wind blowing out of your mouth
  • cloudy: make cloudy shapes with your hands
  • snowy: wiggle your fingers downwards like snow and shiver
  • foggy: close your eyes and put your hand out in front like you are trying to feel for something you can’t see
  • hot: fan your face
  • cold: shiver and wrap your arms around your body


Using The Weather Song in class

This is a song you can use to teach the weather and you can also use it as part of your lesson routine to check and review the weather every lesson.

Teaching for the first time:
  1. Start by teaching the vocab. Before class prepare weather pictures for the vocab sunny, rainy, windy, cloudy, snowy, foggy, hot, cold. Our weather flashcards are great for this.  Stick them around the walls of your classroom.
  2. Play “Touch the cards”. Once the class has started, the teacher walks around the classroom touching the weather cards.  As you touch each card do the song gesture while saying the vocab (e.g. it’s sunny!).  As you do this encourage your students to do the gestures and say the words with you. Next, get all your students to stand up.  Teacher shouts out a weather word (e.g. “It’s rainy!”) and students have to run over to the correct picture, touch it and do the gesture.  If you have a lot of students it is worthwhile having multiple pictures of each card placed around the walls of the room.
  3. Talk about the weather outside. Motion for your students to come over to the window (or even outside).  Say a few times “How’s the weather?”, “Look outside”.  Elicit from the class the weather and if it’s hot or cold (you can also teach “warm” if necessary). E.g. “It’s cloudy and rainy and cold”.  Then ask each student in turn “How’s the weather?” and encourage them to reply.
  4. Play the song.  First put the weather flashcards on the board in the order of the song (or use our Weather Song song poster). Have all the students stand up and watch you as you sing along and use the gestures.  Encourage them to join in and sing along.  Play the song two or three times.
  5. Play flashcard concentration. Put the class into groups of 4. Each group will need two sets of weather flashcards. Model the activity first by having everyone watch you play with one group: shuffle the cards and lay them out face down on the floor. Turn over two cards.  If they are different, turn them back over – it is the end of your turn.  If they are the same (e.g. two sunny cards) you keep the cards (remove them from the game) and have another go. At the end, all of the cards will have been removed.  The player with the most cards is the winner.
  6. Play Flashcard Basketball. Students, in teams, take shots with a ball (or scrunched up piece of paper) at a trash can/box/etc.  First show a flashcard to student 1.  If s/he answers correctly then s/he can have a shot at the basket.  If the student gets the ball in the basket then s/he wins 2 points.  If the S hits the basket without going inside then s/he wins 1 point.  The with the most points is the winner.
  7. Do a weather worksheet. To finish off this section of the lesson, give out worksheets which have the vocab from the song.  As your students are doing the worksheets, ask questions (e.g. “what is that?”, etc.).  You can also give a weather worksheet for homework.


Reviewing and checking the weather each lesson:
  1. Preparation: Prepare a piece of cardboard and cover it with felt – you are going to pin this to the wall.  If you can, try and get blue felt (to represent the sky). Write at the top in large letters, “How’s the weather today?”.  Below the write “Today it’s”.  Cut out weather pictures (such as our weather flashcards) and stick some velcro on the back.  Arrange the weather pictures around the edge of the board and then put the board on the wall of your classroom.
  2. Sing the Weather Song. In the warm up section of your lesson you can include a weather section – introduce this section by singing the weather song (with gestures).
  3. Look outside.  Get everyone to look outside by saying “How’s the weather?  Look outside”.  Elicit the weather for that day.
  4. Put the weather pictures on the Weather Board.  Invite some students to come up and put the weather pictures on the board.  Make sure these students say the word as they put the card on the board.

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