Creative Math Songs at B.I.S.

Berlin Intermediate School

Songs parodied: Shut Up and Dance; Stitches; Rolling in Deep; Treat You Better; Drag Me Down; Uptown Funk

Above is the room where we wrote all our songs, and a picture of what came from my fortune cookie on the final day of my residency at B.I.S.! And it’s true: I had a fantastic time at Berlin Intermediate School.

It’s near Ocean City, so I enjoyed warm weather, long flat roads, and 2 days bicycling the Boardwalk. The teachers and students were all excited and fun to work with.

Mathematics is probably my least favorite subject to write songs about, but these 4th graders managed to write some really fun lyrics. We performed them all on the final day for one another - a huge crowd since there are SIX classrooms of 4th graders! Great work!

Parody - Rolling in Deep lyrics - Mrs. Paul’s class - 10/11/2016

structure:

verse1: BIS math class in general

v2: Place value

v3: Rounding

v4: Multiplication

Pre-chorus: Taking math tests, how I feel, stress, worry, success

Chorus: Solving problems and thinking about numbers

verse 1: - B.I.S. Math Class in general

Math is like a fun confusing game

Miss Paul is awesome so I’m sure glad I came

Finally I can figure out five times three

Maybe you can find out the answer with me

verse 2: - Place value

One million, six zeros in a line

I have to round to tens for each and every dime

Scientists divide and multiply

Using the numbers to figure out where and why

pre-chorus: - taking math tests, how I feel, stress, worry, success

The kids are nervous they might flunk the test

They keep on thinking that they might not have them right

Teachers keep telling us: “Finish the test!”

I can’t stop raging

chorus: solving problems, thinking about numbers,

I wished I got an “A”

Instead I got a “B”

Math got my brain so confused

Can you teach us more please

verse 3: - rounding

I have rounded to the nearest ten

I’m rounding to the hundreds, many numbers stuck in my head

Rounding gives you answers short and sweet

I found the answer my paper is complete

pre-chorus: - taking math tests, how I feel, stress, worry, success

The kids are nervous they might flunk the test

They keep on thinking that they might not have them right

Teachers keep telling us: “Finish the test!”

I can’t stop raging

chorus: solving problems, thinking about numbers,

I wished I got an “A”

Instead I got a “B”

Math got my brain so confused

Can you teach us more please

verse 4: CLAP: - multiplication

Multiplication is very fun

Count your factors to see if you are done

Find the answer using an array

Once your model’s complete, shout out hip hip hooray!

bridge:

(You’re gonna wish you never missed a math day)

You couldn’t add at all

(Rounding all the numbers, rounding with my peeps)

You couldn’t add at all

(You’re gonna wish you never missed a math day)

At all, at all, at all

chorus:

I wished I got an “A”

Instead I got a “B”

Math got my brain so confused

Can you teach us more please

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Parody of Drag Me Down by Mr Harris’ gr. 4 class - Berlin Intermediate School - 10/17/2016

structure:

verse1: Operations

v2: Math Fluency / Math facts

Pre-chorus 1: - Place Value

Pre-chorus 2: Word Problems

Chorus: - Math used in your life

verse 1:

I’ve got division in my heart

I know I’m really smart

Operations feel so easy

I multiplied down the rows

The bigger factors are below

I memorized until they’re breezy

pre-chorus 1:

If I didn't know I’d get another “F”

Knowing place value I can do my very best

If I didn’t try you I would not see that “A”

Every number has a ones place

Yeah

chorus:

We use math everyday

We spend money to buy food from Subway

We do this on fog delays

Be a brain and nail it to become a hot shot

We use math everyday

We spend money to buy food from Subway

We do this on fog delays

Be a brain and nail it to become a hot shot

Mathematics mathematics, use it for luxury yachts

Mathematics mathematics, use it for luxury yachts

verse 2

I was sitting in my class

And practicing my math

10, 20, 30, 40, 50

Math is the king because I know

Everything, whoa-whoa

Knowing math it is so nifty

pre-chorus 2:

I was sitting in class hoping that I would pass

I know I’m not the best at taking every test

Word Problems may be tricky but I’ll work ‘em out

I just wanna shout the answers out

Yeah

chorus 1:

We use math everyday

We spend money to buy food from Subway

We do this on fog delays

Be a brain and nail it to become a hot shot

We use math everyday

We spend money to buy food from Subway

We do this on fog delays

Be a brain and nail it to become a hot shot

Mathematics mathematics, use it for luxury yachts

Mathematics mathematics, use it for luxury yachts

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Uptown Math (parody by Miss Powell’s class, Berlin IS 10/14/2016)

structure:

verse1: Math Facts

v2: Place value

Pre-chorus 1: Rounding

Pre-chorus 2: Multi step word problems

Chorus: Math used in real life / real world math

Bridge: - Operations

verse 1: Math Facts

This class got fast facts

We can add and subtract

This one for them hard facts

Them fun facts that challenge us

Adding, subtracting, dividing all day all night

Gotta learn all them fast facts

Times tables, I won’t need ‘em

pre-chorus 1: Rounding

I’m too smart (smart yeah)

I got an A plus in miss Parker’s class

I’m too smart (smart yeah)

Make Miss Parker wanna retire, man

I’m too smart (smart yeah)

Round the number to a thousand, man

I’m too smart (smart yeah)

Am I bad about those grades, break it down!

chorus 1: Math used in real life / real world math

Kids, don’t know that math is useful, ooh

Kids, don’t know that math is useful, ooh

Kids, don’t know that math is useful, ooh

I don’t want D’s or C’s I want B’s

I don’t want D’s or C’s I want B’s

I don’t want D’s or C’s I want B’s

One hour of math and I’m upset

Learning math you won’t regret, come on!

Ooh-wah Don’t believe me just wait

Ooh-wah Don’t believe me just wait

Don’t believe me just wait

Don’t believe me just wait

Don’t believe me just wait

Ben-e-fit, yay!

verse 2: Place value

Stop, wait a minute

No idea how to round it

Take a look, last number

Thousands take a step

Round to hundreds, thousands, millions,

Got a lot of billions

You can count up or count down

Another ten it’s so pretty

pre-chorus 2: Multi step word problems

Written words (word problems)

All of these problems just seem the same

Written words (word problems)

Hey teacher don’t play this kind of game

Written words (word problems)

If I get an “A” you know my name

Written words (word problems)

All those problems are so hard, break it down

chorus 2:

Kids, don’t know that math is useful, ooh

Kids, don’t know that math is useful, ooh

Kids, don’t know that math is useful, ooh

I don’t want D’s or C’s I want B’s

I don’t want D’s or C’s I want B’s

I don’t want D’s or C’s I want B’s

One hour of math and I’m upset

Learning math you won’t regret, come on!

Ooh-wah Don’t believe me just wait

Ooh-wah Don’t believe me just wait

Don’t believe me just wait

Don’t believe me just wait

Don’t believe me just wait

Ben-e-fit, yay!

bridge: Operations

Uptown math it up

Uptown math it up

Uptown math it up

Come on, add, multiply it

If you can do math, then flaunt it

Come on, add, multiply it

If you can do math, then flaunt it

coda:

One hour of math and I’m upset

Learning math you won’t regret, come on!

Ooh-wah Don’t believe me just wait

Ooh-wah Don’t believe me just wait

Don’t believe me just wait

Don’t believe me just wait

Don’t believe me just wait

Uptown math it up

Uptown math it up

Uptown math it up

Uptown math it up

Stitches by Sean Mendes

structure:

Verse 1: Place Value

V2: Operation

Pre-chorus: Rounding

Chorus: How we use math: restaurant, engineer, building, science, vet, government, banking

Bridge: Number line or word problems or how I feel about math - nervous, excited etc

Verse 1:

Tens, hundreds, thousands in a line

They helped me find my place value just fine

Numbers will increase going left

I’d better know it so I can pass my test

Pre-chorus1 :

Got a feeling that I’ll fail the math test

But I know that the teacher might be sad

If I don’t study there’s a consequence

An F

Chorus:

I study math until I can’t sleep

When I am snoozing then I count sheep

Now I’m a expert engineer

The math I learned is clear

I don’t understand these

I’m begging “teacher come and help please”

And now that I’ve learned operations

I’ll be getting straight A’s

Verse 2:

Just like subtraction to division

Oh my hands hurt so I couldn’t do addition

These operations squish my brain

Now I’m gonna keep what I know

Use operations so I’m not slow

Pre-chorus 2:

Got a feeling that I’ll ace the math test

So I know that I’ll feel like Superman

Since I studied I feel like the best

I aced it

Chorus:

I study math until I can’t sleep

When I am snoozing then I count sheep

Now I’m a expert engineer

The math I learned is clear

I don’t understand these

I’m begging “teacher come and help please”

And now that I’ve learned operations

I’ll be getting straight A’s

Bridge:

Numbers on a line

I’m smarter than Einstein

Numbers on a line, yeah

It takes some time

Numbers on a line

I’m smarter than Einstein

Numbers on a line, yeah

It’s perfectly fine

Numbers on a line

I’m smarter than Einstein

Numbers on a line, yeah

It’s perfectly fine

Numbers on a line

I’m smarter than Einstein, smarter than Einstein

Chorus:

I study math until I can’t sleep

When I am snoozing then I count sheep

Now I’m a expert engineer

The math I learned is clear

I don’t understand these

I’m begging “teacher come and help please”

And now that I’ve learned operations

I’ll be getting straight A’s

Coda:

I’ve learned operations

I’ll be getting straight A’s

I’ve learned operations

I’ll be getting straight A’s

Do My Math Better (by Mrs. Lovell’s class)

structure:

verse1: Operations: multiplication addition subtraction addition / menu / stacking

verse2: Rounding

Bridge: Number line

Chorus: Math in real life / how I feel about math class / quiz /

verse 1:

I will add for you

All these math facts we’ve got to use

You can tell me if I’m wrong if I add them incorrectly

When you see that you have aced a quiz

And you’re spending all your time on this one operation

And when you thought that you were a whiz

chorus:

I know that I can do my homework like a boss

But Rex the doggie chewed it up and now it’s lost

Teacher asked, “Where’s your sheet?”

It’s underneath my feet

I thought I was in trouble instead

I know that I did my homework

Don’t give me an “F”

verse 2:

I'll round numbers too

The digit’s value is your clue

Five or above give it a shove, four or below then let it go

Baby rounding numbers with you

Rounding could be so easy, if you tried to do it

Tell me, what do I round to

chorus

I know that I can do my homework like a boss

But Rex the doggie chewed it up and now it’s lost

Teacher asked, “Where’s your sheet?”

It’s underneath my feet

I thought I was in trouble instead

I know that I did my homework

Don’t give me an “F”

bridge:

Draw me a line

Make it straight, we’ll be fine

Arrows they go on the ends

Just know that you can

Because there’s no end

I’ll be by your side the whole time

chorus

I know that I can do my homework like a boss

But Rex the doggie chewed it up and now it’s lost

Teacher asked, “Where’s your sheet?”

It’s underneath my feet

I thought I was in trouble instead

I know that I did my homework

Don’t give me an “F”

coda:

Don’t give me an “F”

Treat You Better (Shawn Mendes)

capo 1:

AmGF

I won't lie to you

I know he's just not right for you

And you can tell me if I'm off

But I see it on your face

When you say that he's the one that you want

And you're spending all your time

In this wrong situation

And anytime you want it to stop

chorus:

Am GF

I know I can treat you better

C

Than he can

And any girl like you deserves a gentleman

Tell me why are we wasting time

On all your wasted crime

When you should be with me instead

I know I can treat you better

Better than he can

v2:

I'll stop time for you

The second you say you'd like me too

I just wanna give you the loving that you're missing

Baby, just to wake up with you

Would be everything I need and this could be so different

Tell me what you want to do

chorus

bridge:

Give me a sign

Take my hand, we'll be fine

Promise I won't let you down

Just know that you don't

Have to do this alone

Promise I'll never let you down

chorus

Parody - Shut Up and Dance With Me - Mrs. Parker - Berlin IS 10/11/2016

structure:

verse1: operations - + - X /

v2: - number line

Pre-chorus 1: Rounding

Pre-chorus 2: Place Value

Pre-chorus 3: Decomposing

Chorus 1: Math helps you in your life; using money; budget

Chorus 2: same as above

chorus 1:

Oh don't you skip your class

Or you won’t get an “A”

And you won’t ever pass

She said, “Heads up and do your math!”

These problems help me everyday

She said, “ooh-ooh-ooh”

Heads up and do your math

verse 1:

We were rocking our math class

We had to subtract, divide and add

Make sure you show your work to get it right

Seven times seven is forty-nine

Got to find the product

pre-chorus 1:

They did their math

They dropped thirteen down to ten

The rounding it was exact

chorus 2:

Do you know your math facts?

Knowing them is so bright

It’ll get you a contract

Be safe and count your money right

Losing moolah is just not cool-ah

If you do-ooh-ooh

Your brain won’t have much might

verse 2:

A number line helps you add ‘em up

You start at the benchmark, then hop it up

Midpoints in the middle and that’s enough

Benchmark numbers are where you round to

Numbers where you round to

pre-chorus 2:

That was easy

There are different place values

An example is the ones

chorus 3:

Oh don't you skip your class

Or you won’t get an “A”

And you won’t ever pass

She said, “Heads up and do your math!”

These problems help me everyday

She said, “ooh-ooh-ooh”

Heads up and do your math

pre-chorus 3:

Snap it apart

Break it into the values

The numbers were decomposed

pre-chorus 1 repeat:

They did their math

They dropped thirteen down to ten

The rounding it was exact

chorus 4:

Do you know your math facts?

Knowing them is so bright

It’ll get you a contract

Be safe and count your money right

Losing moolah is just not cool-ah

If you do-ooh-ooh

Your brain won’t have much might

coda:

Ooh-ooh-ooh, heads up and do your math

Ooh-ooh-ooh, heads up and do your math

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