Number Munchers!

Back in the day, when my elementary school got its first-ever computer lab, one of my favorite games was Number Munchers.

Now, the NCTM just pointed out a great math game site to me that includes a similar game!

Math Games

Visit Hooda Math for this and other math games. What fun!

Happy Independence Day weekend, and I leave you with a quote from one of my favorite scientists!

“My interest in science is to simply find out more about the world. And the more I find out, the better it is!” ~Richard Feynman


This Just In: New Nines Song!

About ten minutes ago, with the help of my talented class, we wrote a new multiplication song. My students told me they were still struggling with their nines times tables, although we learned a few other strategies earlier in the year. This is what we came up with:

When the Cats Go Meowing In
(To the Tune of “When the Saints Go Marching In”)

Oh when the cats
Go meowing in
Oh when the cats go meowing in
Well, nine lives is their luuuucky number
When the cats go meowing in

Oh 9, 18
Oh, 36 and 45
54, 63, 72
And 81 go meowing in
**There’s 90 now**

Soon to come: our first music video!


Operations Song

We just finished a unit on multi-digit addition and subtraction. I thought I was going to tear my hair out reviewing and re-reviewing the four main operations. We use our arms to gesture addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, so as I call out “Sum! Difference! Product! Quotient!” it winds up turning into a dance of sorts.

But we still couldn’t get consistent answers. We kept mixing up sum and difference. So I turned once more to a song. I’m looking for a catchier title…

To the Tune of “Ode to Joy”

Pro-duct answ-ers mul-tipli-ca-tion     (X)
Sum is act-ually a-ddition               (+)
Quo-tient is div-i-sion a-nd              (/)
Diffe-rence is sub-tra-ction            (-)

I attempted to put in the rhythmic breakdowns so you could see how I wound up singing it. I’ve had a few people ask me to record my songs, but although I can sing just fine, my voice sounds miserable when it’s recorded. I’m trying to figure out how to recruit my kids to help me out. I’ll definitely keep you posted!

Copyright 2009 Shannon Houghton


Our 3’s Song, or “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

We also know a song to help us remember our 3’s times tables. It is to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

3’s Song
(to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)

3, 6, 9, 12
15, 18
21, 24, 27, 30
Start all over again!

33, 36, 39, 42
45 and 48
51, 54, 57, 60
start all over again!

63, 66, 69, 72
75 and 78
81, 84, 87, 90
start all over again!

When we originally learned this song, it only had one verse.  Then, we added more verses because we were counting around the classroom. Now our song goes all the way up to 90, which is the same as the multiplication problem 3 x 30 = 90.

Today, we finished correcting and reflecting on our Unit 3 Assessment. Soon, you’ll see meeting and exceeding answers on our blog, along with explanations for how our class solved them. See you soon!


Octopus March, or Multiplying by 8’s

We just took our Unit 3 assessment today. It was on multiplication and division. We will show you how to do some of the questions from our test later. Now, however, we want to share one of our multiplication songs with you.

8’s Song — Octopus March
(to the tune of “The Adaams Family”)

Octopus March (stomp stomp)
Octopus March (stomp stomp)
Octopus March, Octopus March, Octopus March (stomp stomp)

You know there’s 8 in one
And 16 in two
24 in three
And 32 in four

Octopus March (stomp stomp)
Octopus March (stomp stomp)
Octopus March, Octopus March, Octopus March (stomp stomp)

There’s 40 in five
And 48 in six
56 in seven

(chant) And 8 by 8 went into the store to buy a Nintendo 64!

72 in nine
And 80 in ten

Octopus March (stomp stomp)
Octopus March (stomp stomp)
Octopus March, Octopus March, Octopus March (stomp stomp)