The Back to School Math Song ("Musical Map to Mathematical Marvelousness") contains everything your students need to know to be successful in math; all condensed into this handy little three-verse song! Sing this with your students at the beginning of the school year (it works well in fourth through seventh grades), and as often as you need to throughout the year, and your students will not only love it, but will be ready to achieve at a high level in your math class! I have sung it on the first day of school for each of the past eight years and it has never failed to instill a sense of enthusiasm, motivation, and ownership in my students. We sing it, we discuss it, we sing it again, students sing it in the hallways, they sing it to their pets at home, they learn it, and they begin to live it as they experience more and more success in math.
There are three different files contained in the downloaded zip file (which you will need to unzip using appropriate software before viewing):
Musical Map to Mathematical Marvelousness - Instructions and Song: This PDF file not only contains the lyrics to the song, but also tells you how and when to sing the song with your students, and explains the meaning of the different parts of the song. Feel free to use this explanation, or explain the song’s message in your own words.
Musical Map to Mathematical Marvelousness - Sheet Music: This PDF file contains the sheet music along with the lyrics and can be reproduced for those who can read music or want to play the song on a musical instrument. Make more copies of this than you might think, as the sheet music is a crowd favorite with the students!
Musical Map to Mathematical Marvelousness - Video File: In this video, the “Math Rocker” (an unknown who is obviously still trying to break into the math rock business!) sings the “Marvelousness” song. You can use this video simply to learn the tune yourself (recommended – it is best if YOU sing the song with your students!), or to show it to your students and then discuss the key points with them.
Good luck in your use of Musical Map to Mathematical Marvelousness. Your students will love it!
For a comprehensive review of math concepts critical to the start of sixth grade, please see Back to School Review for Sixth Grade Math.
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