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Most of the multiplication songs available to teachers recite the times table and nothing more. At the beginning of this ‘rap’, a reason to learn to multiply is given. Once again, that gives children an emotional reason to want to learn to multiply. If children have a reason that makes sense to them, they are more willing to learn.
The more senses involved in the learning, the better the retention. Therefore, when teaching multiplication, it is best if children move, recite and SEE the facts. Just like other rap songs, unless children can see what they’re saying, they’re just ‘singing along’. With most popular songs, children will recite all the words, but they don’t really know what they’re saying. That is the same for all the multiplication recordings. Teachers NEED to do more than just sing-a-long. After all this is done, than it becomes okay to play the music just to listen to or sing with because the children have been taught the concepts.
Learning is best when you teach. Therefore, have children write their own raps for the next sets of multiplication as they are taught. An extra track of just music is supplied so you can sing whatever times table you like with your own lyrics. -- Mar. Harman
Let’s be steady.
Are you ready...
to move on with me?
We’ll multiply by the number three.
3 x 2 is 6;
3 x 3 is 9;
3 x 4 is twelve.
Well, you’re doing fine.
Fifteen for 3 x 5.....
.....
.....
.....Take a twelve,
multiply it by 3.
Get 36 and you’re in easy!
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