I was lesson planning with the teacher in the second grade class I talked about in the last post (she was introducing habitats to her students). She was looking for some ideas so I taught her a song I learned from a training and we worked out a foldable her students could do. I liked that she had them write full sentences in the top flap of the foldable and they had to pick and justify one of the habitat requirements.
I also did the same song with hand gestures in my fourth grade class in conjunction with their study of how environmental factors affect population growth. It doesn't matter what grade.... they all liked getting up to sing and move.
Our standards tend to repeat every other year so what students are learning in 2nd grade get repeated more in depth in 4th and 6th grade.