Integrating Math and the Arts is a fun way to engage the creativity of your students while reinforcing important math concepts. Iain Brodie from St. Andrews PS found the opportunity to bring the Arts into his grade two classroom by participating in The Math Performance Festival last year. The Festival is a celebration of mathematics and is organized by the University of Waterloo. Iain's class created this song after reading Who's the Big Bad Wolf? Their song is sung to the theme of Spider-man. Click on the link below the picture to see their performance.
11. Chocolate bar v.2
Their performance was the #2 pick by one judge! Congratulations to everyone involved in this project!
Entries for 2010 are already coming in! If you're thinking of putting in a performance, there's an overview of the process on the site. You (and your students) can also view past performances (2008, 2009)
This festival is not just for primary kids. Check out this entry about angles.
21. Angle helicopter
There's even a category for teachers! Any takers?
Beyond music, your students can also create a dance (Perimeter and Area), skit (Median of a Triangle) or even interview a math concept (Let's meet Circle!). The website has several resources full of ideas to get you started.
How do you integrate Math with the Arts? Share your experience with us by leaving a comment below!