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Performing arts in math lessons?

Jan 30, 2013 5:28am

How can teachers effectively use the performing arts in general ed. math classes? Our school is grades 1-6. I'd be interested in any lesson at any of those grade levels.

  • Arts / Math
  • Pre K-8
  • Class Culture / Differentiation / Engagement

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    • Mar 3, 2013 8:22pm

      Some of my students have fallen in love with Smart Shorties - they're different times tables and math concepts set to popular music. It's a great way to engage all learners and get kids excited about math. Might also spark some ideas for further performances!

      http://www.smartshorties.com/

      • Jan 30, 2013 8:44pm

        Hi Meghan,
        Teaching Channel has some terrific films from Canada where arts integration is a key focus. While not "performing" arts, here are two great videos on the fine arts and math. But check out the rest by click "The Arts" on the video page.

        https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/teaching-patterns?fd=1

        https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/integrated-math-lesson?fd=1

        • Jan 31, 2013 11:01am

          Thanks so much for sharing!

          • Jun 5, 2013 5:40pm

            For rigid motions in geometry, I had students working in pairs to demonstrat flips, slides, and turns separately. And I've never had them do this before but I'm considering having them do a combination of effects in a dance. The rest of the class graded each pair or group's performance.

            • Aug 26, 2013 7:36pm

              The San Francisco Symphony has an amazing program called Keeping Score, where teachers in general ed classrooms can use classical music to teach their content. Check it out:

              http://www.keepingscore.org/