This song is also great for older grades - those that need to review drm (such as 3rd at the beginning of the year) and those that are looking for a quick, easy piece to play on the recorder and with instruments.
To begin, we start with a discussion about Japan (a short one, just enough to build some connections and a frame of reference):
Then, we discuss the lyrics. If you have the Spotlight of Music Series, this song is included in the 2nd grade CDs - I suggest playing the song for the students:
Discuss the answers to the questions about Re and label/review Re. Teach/review the hand sign for Re. Students can now sing the entire song:
And movement (Spotlight on Music has some other ideas about moves for this song):
You can download this song for free at my TPT store: Nabe, Nabe