On the tenth day of back to school, my principal gave to me, ten songs for singing with a mixed-up set of TEs.
Several years ago, I began using a math song to teach my students a problem solving song that I adapted from a short tune that I learned at a math conference. After a few hours of getting the song to work with my problem solving model, I was able to create a cute song to help my students remember the steps to use our model. Singing our problem solving song quickly became my students favorite part our day!
Math songs are a great way to differentiate instruction for your auditory learners, as well as, present your math curriculum in a fun and engaging way. There are a variety of ways to integrate songs into your everyday math program:
* teach/reinforce a concept
* provide a brain break for students
* encourage the memorization of a skill
* extend a challenge for students to create their own math songs
Want to make your own songs? Pick a nursery rhyme or popular tune to use as the model and create lines that reinforce your content and match the tune of the song. Lory’s songs, see the example to the right, are a great example of how to do this. In fact, get your students involved! Consider giving them extra credit or replacing a homework assignment with creating a song. In order for the song to be a learning song, it has to reinforce content. If a student can create a song and reinforce content in the process, they have more than demonstrated understanding and deserve the credit.
There are many resources available for songs. A quick Google search will bring up a plethora of songs and videos. Here are a few resources that I would like to share:
Give it a try! Music is so motivating for kids and it helps reinforce what you teach on a day-to-day basis in a new and exciting way. Happy Tuning!
Sound Off! What is your favorite learning song? Share an example.