One thing I learned early in my career is that if you want to get children excited about your lessons, you need to tie in elements that interest them. This is why I decided to do a themed lesson based on the song “What Does the Fox Say” by Ylvis. If you are up to date with your knowledge of pop culture, you are more than likely familiar with this peculiar song.
I started the lesson by promising the kids that if they focused on the science and art portions of the lesson, I would allow them to play a game of freeze dance at the end of class (to the tune of the song). Students learned scientific facts with the use of a fox skeleton that was found right here in Wake County. For the art portion of the lesson, I gave students the option of doing step-by-step instruction of how to draw a fox or how to make an origami fox mask (both pictured above).
The students loved this lesson, and it was a blast to teach. I would however like to apologize to any teachers or staff members in the building that may have fallen victim to the ballad of “wa-pa-pa-pa-ka-kapow!" at some point in the school day.