Fine Arts in the Math Classroom
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# Fine Arts in the Math Classroom

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## The BEST Angles Math Song! (with bonus DANCING CATS!)

This video covers all main features of basic angles: vertex, arms, naming angles, acute, obtuse, reflex, right angles, straight angles, revolutions, using a ...
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Great video that teaches students vocabulary regarding angles. It is kind of long but you could always play pieces of the video as you see fit. See the description under the video on YouTube if you want to know about the vocabulary it covers.

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## Georgia Math Teacher Jams With Students.

Middle School teacher jams with students while preparing for state test (CRCT)
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This video is about range and measures of central tendencies (mean, median, mode). Students in this classroom are very enthusiastic while they recall the meaning of mean, median, mode, and range using chants.

Here are the chants that they go through:

"Mode means most"

"Median means middle, order first then find the middle number"

"Range subtract the lowest from the highest number"

After hearing each of these chants I cannot even get them out of my head so I am sure students will not be able to either.  I may use this as a short review for mean, median, mode and range.

Katiebelle Wheelock's curator insight,

This teacher engages all of the students in such an amazing way! By using a song and dance about math the students are learning about mode, median, and range and in a fun and exciting way.

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## Rock on Pythagoras

A song and animation all about Pythagoras' Theorem. I made this vid for a competition on 02 learn. Enjoy!

This is a great video to use to talk about a little of the history of Pythagoras and Pythagorean Theorem.  I like that it uses the example of the squares on the triangle to show that when you square the length of the two sides it equals the square of the hypotentuse.  This video is also neat because it is an animation and it looks professional.  I would definitely use this as an introduciton to learning about the pythagorean theorem and then expand on the concept of using the squares on the triangle to show the meaning of the formula.

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## Mr Duey - Fractions Official Video

Rapping Teacher Mr. Duey creates music for every subject.
www.MrDuey.com
Check out www.MrDuey.com or iTunes to purchase songs for Language Arts, Science, Math, and Social Studies.

I came across this video just by a google search for teachers who use music to teach math concepts and I am so glad that found an article about this teacher in that search. This video is about fractions, improper fractions and percentages to be exact. It teaches students how to convert improper fractions into whole numbers as well as how to make a percentage given the fraction form. I have noticed throughout math education that so many students have trouble working with fractions mainly by doing operations with fractions but they also struggle with converting improper fractions too. Even though the content piece of this video is short I think it could be valuable to use because it teaches students the material in a different way.  Just another video to break up the monotony of a classroom.

You can check out the article that was written about Mr. Duey and another teacher who also uses rap in the math classroom here: http://www.edutopia.org/rapping-teachers

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## Statistics Rap

Kevin McGee, a professor of Economics decided to teach his students statistics through rap.  In the beginning of this video he gives an explaination for how he came up with the idea of creating a rap about statistics and in the end he wraps it up with the actual rap.  He notes that when he presented it to his class they actually like it and they could recognize the statistical formula from it.  This may be cheesy to show to a class of high schoolers, but I like the content that is in the rap.

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## Tunes and Words for Calculus:The Musical!

This website lists all the songs from Calculus:The Musical and provides the lyrics to go with it. Some of the songs are great some may be a little boring to students to use in class but that can be left up to the teacher. My particular favorite might have to be the song called Chain Rule that is a parody to Aretha Franklin's song "Chain of Fools.  Since I love music I could see myself possibly learning some of these songs and singing them myself in my math classroom or I could see students learning them and singing them on their own. Anyways check out the website at http://matheatre.com/lyrics/ctm.php and pick and choose songs as you wish!

Crystal Edwards's curator insight,

Global awareness involves students learning from and working collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, according to the P21 Framework. In part, I believe that means having students be aware of their connection to mathematics in the world around them. Music is an excellent way to connect matthetmatics to the arts and see math from different perspectives. Music tends to cross cultural barriers and enhance open dialogue and community amongst listeners. The songs from Calculus: The Musical are enriched with terminology and concepts, yet presented in way that is engaging and interesting to students with different learning styles or lifestyles.

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## Calculus Rap - General Limit

http://integralcalc.com/ Calculus Rap - General Limit For calculus help, please visit :) http://integralcalc.com...

Short rap about limits but it provides a great visual for students so they can understand the purpose and meaning of limits. It also gives the suggestion of using substitution with limits first.  The website provided above also has other informational videos about math concepts however it seems as they they are not song based. It is still a great resource that could be used in the classroom though.

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## Ideas for English Language Learners | 'Gangnam Style,' Teaching Long Division

"Long Division Style," a parody of PSY's "Gangnam Style" made by a Brooklyn teacher and her students.

I love when teachers create music videos to teach math concepts. It makes leaning much more entertainging and engaging. Use this video to teach students how to divide using long division.  Since long division is taught in the younger grades, this could be used as a refresher for teaching long division in algebra with binomials, ect. It may help in connecting to prior knowledge and preparing students for learning a new math concept.

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## Teach Me How To Factor (WSHS Math Rap Song)

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This is great for teaching students the basics of factoring equations or expressions. It shows students what the signs are supposed to be when you factor equations. This would be way better than standing in front of the classroom to teach students factoring. Its more entertaining and it teaches the basics.

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## GG Unit - C.A.L.C. (video created by students)

"Hilarious and original music video cover of 50 Cent's P.I.M.P. Originally put together for a Calculus project for school."

Funny video about Calculus and some fundamental things you learn in the class. Although it is pretty long I could see myself probably suggesting that my students watch the video. Perhaps this would be a great example if I wanted them to create a video of their own about some math subject. If I showed this in class, I would have students write down the formulas that the students mention or to write down anything that they have heard before in class. Some parts of it might be a great reminder or review for them. Watching videos and learning songs is a great way to remember any math content!

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## Slope "Official Video"

Video to teach students slope with very repetative lyrics and lots of picture examples. I could see this video being used as an introductory lesson into the concept of practicing slope. More youtube videos such as this one can be found on www.mathtunes.com

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## Get The Math - Real World Math Problems in Music, Fashion and Video Games

Check out this web site for really engaging your middle and high school students in algebra!!

Get The Math uses videos and online interactive challenges from the music, fashion and video game industries to help students realize the importance of understanding algebra concepts and have fun while they learn. Help in solving problems is available if the students need it. The site also has support for teachers with lesson objectives, learning materials, and samples of evaluation questions.

Getting students to WANT to learn algebra is always difficult, but Get The Math does it by making algebra applicable to things kids like!

Why UDL?  This site provides multiple means to engage students in algebra.

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Teachers Emily Helf and Carey Blalock of Sequoyah High School near Canton, GA, performing Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" with modified lyrics dealing with the...

A very creative way to present the quadratic formula to students using a popular song that most teens love and can relate to. I could totally see myself using this in the classroom.  Not just play the video but maybe sing it myself or find some brave and willing students to present it to the class. I think it would be something they would all love!

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## PEMDAS

I hope both teachers and students find the PEMDAS song/video useful. PEMDAS was a labor of love. The time investment in mastering Order of Operations as a student…
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Order of operations song that is well constructed and great for  students to see and understand PEMDAS.

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## Super Base (WSHS Math Rap Song)

Westerville South High School, Westerville, Ohio (Parody of Super Bass by Nicki Minaj)

Great video about exponents and the laws of exponents created by the math department and students at Westerville South High School. I like that it shows examples of the laws of exponents and it incorporates the students in the making of the video.  I also like that the lyrics to the song are posted with the video. This song along with other parodys created by Westerville South High School are all exceptionally good! You can check them out on other posts I have put on this page or by looking at their youtube account where all their math parodys are in one place: http://www.youtube.com/user/WSHSmath?feature=watch

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## The "Hand Trick" Rap-Music Video

This is a video about the Unit Circle created by students.  The lyrics are written to talk about the hand trick you can use to remember the degrees and radians of the unit circle. This is the best video I found on the Unit Circle and I believe students would be interested if they were taught the hand trick through this video. The only thing that it is missing is the acutal sine and cosine values that correspond to the radians and degrees. That could be taught in some other way but if you have extra time in class one day and you are teaching the unit circle, show this video! Students would love it!

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## YEAH 3x PARODY (math song)

This is a video created by a student for extra credit in her Geometry class. The content in this video is specific to Geometry triangle congruence theorems. In each verse the student talks about a new theorem (SSS, SAS, ASA, AAS). It is kind of long but I think that students could relate to the video if you were to show it in class because the new lyrics are written to a familiar song and the girls that are in it would be the same age as your students. Perhaps this could be a filler activity if you had some time left at the end of class the day before you teach the theorems.  That way students will have seen the content before you actually teach it.

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A teacher recognized in the Washington Post puts math content into rap form. In this video he talks about the quadratic formula. The examples in this video are the most in depth and helpful I have seen. It talks about imaginary numbers and discriminants. I woldn't use this video to teach students the quadratic formula but I would definitley use it for them to see examples of how to use it.

You can look at the article written about him in the Washington Post here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/triangle-rap-a-high-school-teacher-puts-math-to-music/2012/11/23/7bea1be0-33db-11e2-9cfa-e41bac906cc9_story.html

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## AP Calculus Project - Derive So Hard (E.M.P.)

This is our Calculus AB project for the end of the year. It is a parody of N****s in Paris by Jay-Z and Kanye West. S.N., Big Country, and Dementia, are memb...

I could see this video being used as an example for what students could use if they were writing their own song and creating a video on some math concept. I might would show this in a class however it doesn't teach many math concepts. If I were to have my students watch this then I would probably have them write down all the calculus words they heard in the video and see if they could define them at the end. By the end of the semester of a Calculus class all students should know derivatives, integrals, L'Hospital's rule and tangents.  The lyrics are provided with the video.

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## Differentiabul: Gunnison High School performing Calculus: the Musical!

The song Differentiabul from Calculus: the Musical! as performed by the Gunnison High School AP Calculus class of 2010-2011. © 2005 Matheatre Calculus: the M...

Awesome song to teach derivatives in Calculus. The lyrics are given also. It is a catchy song and I could definitely picture seeing students singing this song when they are testing and trying to remember the formula for finding the derivative of a function.

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## Graph a Linear Equation - MUSIC VIDEO

An educational video made for Algebra students learning how to graph linear equations.

Found this video created by a teacher to teach linear equations and was going to use it in my class to explain the concept of lines and y-intercepts but didn't find the time to. This video is great becuase it shows how to graph linear equations and also teaches the concept of comparing slopes for parallel and perpendicular lines.

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Using a music video to teach about how to graph a linear equation

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## ALGEBRA MUSIC VIDEO about slope intercept form of an equation.

TheNerdHerd004 has made an awesome algebra music video. It is based off the song "Good Girls Go Bad" by Cobra Starship. It is about graphing slope- intercept...

Video made by students about using the slope intercept form of an equation y=mx+b. This is a great way for students to memorize the concept! If I teach Algebra I would definitely use this as an example to show to my class. The video is pretty long but the lyrics to the song are printed on the video so it makes it great for students to take notes or to learn the song as they go along.

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## When students ask, When will I ever use this stuff, anyway?

Have you ever heard of the book G is for Googol A Math Alphabet Book, written by David M. Schwarts? Well W answers the question all students in math class have asked for generations. W stands for "When are we ever gonna use this stuff, anyway?"

Why not connect literacy to math and math to music?  Tricycle Press, the publishing company to release G is for Googol, also published a guide for teachers with lesson plan ideas for 8 of the concepts written about in the book. The one connected to W involves having students discover how and why math and music are so closely related by looking at patterns in sheet music with time signature, notes ect. The idea may be better implemented in a middle school classroom, but I could still see it being used in some form or fashion in a high school classroom as well.

http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/teachers_guides/9781883672584.pdf

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## SOH CAH TOA (Mr. Morgan math rap feat. Craig Stemas)

Song that explains special right triangles and SOH CAH TOA using the beat/melody of "Nothin On You." Done by Mr. Morgan and Craig Stemas at Royal Oak High School

Really cool explaination of fiding the sides and angles of right triangles to a popular song that most students can relate to.  For students who love rap music this would be a great way to integrate both rap and song into the classroom.  A parody to Nothin On You by B.O.B.

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## Do The Math Dance -- Mathematicians And Choreographers Use Dance To Teach Mathematics

Combining math and dance concepts allows people to experience a physical sensation of the often abstract concepts of math. Mathematical problem-solving is incorporated when creating new dances, which can even inspire new mathematics.

This concept of using dance in math was created by Dr. Karl Schaffer and Mr. Erik Stern.  Combining math and dance is great way to connect rhythms with problem solving. It could help students understand numbers in a way that they have never thought of before.  Using dance in math also allows the students to be creative and to make their own patterns of dance as it relates to what they have learned that day.  This math dance program is designed for students grades 4 through 12. You can find more information about MathDance from Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Sterns website, http://www.mathdance.org/

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