Using music, songs, poems, and rhymes are fun ways to reinforce, teach, and learn math.
Is your child learning to write numbers? Perhaps, a few silly poems can help him or her remember how to form the numbers. CanTeach has poems and rhymes for money, telling time, clocks, numbers, counting, shapes and 100th day of school. The link is listed under Related Links at the bottom of the article.
An Associate Professor of Mathematics, Ms. Young, from Motlow College has written wonderful math songs for secondary math. She wrote the poems and has a mp3 link for many of them for you to listen or sing along. By the way, most of the songs are based upon popular melodies and the NCTM standards. There are ten standards: Numbers and Operations, Patterns and Algebra, Graphs and Functions, Geometry, Measurement, Probability & Statistics, Problem Solving, Reasoning and Proof, Communications, Connections, and Representations. The link is listed under Related Links.
NEA, National Association of Education, has a “Works For Me” page where teachers share tips that worked in the classroom. Visit NEA and search for “math songs.”
Charleston County School District,CCSD, website shares several math songs from South Carolina’s curriculum.
The Twelve Days of Factoring
Make Up Your Mind
Fifty Ways To Work A Problem
A Penny Is One Cent
Rudolf the Parallelogram
I’m Dreaming of a Right Angle
Getting to Know Math
The MMMR Rap
Tune of Row Row Row Your Boat
Click on the "Mathematics" tab on the top of the page. Then click on "Elementary" on the left side of the page. Scroll down to view the math songs and math poems that are listed above.