## Wednesday, April 9, 2014

### Math Poems, Songs and Games

April is National Poetry Month!

Take a look at the celebrations and community events happening around the country. The Academy of American Poets has put together a list of 30 ways to celebrate. Here are a few:
• Memorize a poem.
• Recite a poem to family or friends.
• Write a poem in chalk on your sidewalk.
• Hang poems from a tree in your schoolyard or neighborhood park.
• Give students a list of words and ask them to create a poem using words from that list. (Include a few mathematical words and phrases.)
Read more suggestions for celebrating National Poetry Month at http://www.poets.org

You can incorporate poems, rhymes and songs into your math class, too. Ten Green & Speckled Frogs is a fun way to teach subtraction, one more, one less and base ten concepts.

Give each student a copy of the poem and let them cut out the ten frogs. Then give them a ten frame and have them place one frog on each space. Ask how many frogs they have. (10)

Say the first verse of the song together (or sing it) and have the students remove one frog from the ten frame. Write on the board:
10 - 1 =
Ask the students to find the answer by looking at their ten frame. (9)

9 + 1 = 10
Say the second verse of the song together (or sing it) and have the students remove one more frog from the ten frame. Write the corresponding equation and check it with addition. Continue in this way until there are no more frogs on the ten frame.

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How do you celebrate National Poetry Month with your students? Click on the word "comments" below to share your ideas.