OK...so after 9 years in kinder, I moved to 4th this past year (long story). I loved it, and am teaching it again this year. But, one of my favorite things in kinder was singing Dr. Jean (and a few other) songs every day. I did a few of them with my 4th graders this year and they LOVED it!! But, most of her songs won't work in 4th because they are targeting kinder skills. Does anyone know of something similar that is geared to 4th graders? I love to sing and act silly with my kiddos, but we can only sing Tony Chestnut and Tooty Ta so many times! Plus, it would be nice if I could find something that targets skills we are working on anyway!
I taught 4th last year and I'm looking through my files to see what I have. We did several songs last year. I know that there is a Scientific Method rap but I don't have it saved. If that is something you cover in your state in 4th, you could probably Google it and find it.
I, too, use music with my fourth grade. I am a huge Bruce Springsteen fan and while most of his songs won't work in the classroom - I have used a few from his Seeger Sessions CD. In Social Studies, when we travel to the Erie Canal, I play that song of his and we all sing along. And when we study Tall Tales, we sing along to his version of "John Henry." I also play classical music in the background when the kids are doing some seat work. They love it. I remember when I taught Colonial America in fifth grade and we learned cross-stitching. I had to laugh to myself watching these fifth grade boys doing their cross stitch project humming along to classical tunes!
I also just heard about Rockin' The Standards. It's some guys who have written math songs with a rock beat that reflect state standards. If you goggle "Rocking the Standards," it will come up.
And, just to add, my fourth graders love the Tooty Ta! We sing and dance to it after anything stressful (state tests, etc.) or any time we want to celebrate. It's always something they list at the end of the year that they'll always remember about fourth grade!
www.songsforteaching.com This site has some really hip songs for teaching. The Mind Game CD has Funky Fractiions, Verbs, Punctuation, Homonyms. You can click to listen. The kids really like these. There are other CD's to choose from.
I also love using music with my 4th graders. I have actually written 3 songs that support our curriculum. I have 1 on the continents and oceans, 1 to teach the 13 colonies and 1 about the American Revolution. I teach them and then use as center activities. Small groups tape themselves singing and then we play it for the class. It's a riot! I would be happy to share the songs with you.