Musical Notes Math Learning Activity: Success Means Teaching to Kid's Interests & Likes by Teacher Karen
Do you have a kiddo that gravitates to the arts? Do they march – or maybe dance – to the beat of their own drum? Try this music-based, math-themed activity!
- 2 white paper plates (flat ones work best)
- construction paper in purple, blue, yellow, green, red and black
- pencil/paper note sheet
Here’s how to do it:
- Cut out one purple "whole" shape; two blue "half" shapes; four yellow "quarter" shapes; eight green "eighth" shapes; 16 red "sixteenth" shapes; a black “equals’” sign ( = ) and black "addition’" sign ( + ).
- Draw the musical note on correct shapes.
- Put purple “whole” circle over one white paper plate.
- Fill second white paper plate with other the shapes so that no shape overlaps and no white shows.
- Put "=" sign between the two paper plates.
- If your kiddo is writing, use pencil and paper to add up the colored shapes on one side of "=" sign and put one on the other side of "=" sign.
Here’s an example:
One white paper plate is filled with: blue, yellow, green, red, red = purple 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8 + 1/16 + 1/16 = 1 (with 16 as the common denominator: 8/16 + 4/16 + 2/16 + 1/16 + 1/16 = 16/16 = 1). Alternately, SAY: "half + quarter + eighth + sixteenth + sixteenth = one."
Try various combinations of slices to fill the pie! Then read, “This Jazz Man” by Karen Ehrhardt.
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