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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!

      • 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.

        • 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: