While generalizing rules for multiplying rational numbers, a student had a memory of a little saying:
“Multiplying Fractions, that’s no problem! Top times top and bottom times bottom!”
While I am not the biggest fan of gimmick-y math phrases, I seized the opportunity to use an app during this teachable moment. I told the students that it was time to Songify! They hadn’t heard of the app (which totally surprised me) so I opened the app and had the entire class repeat the chant as I pressed “record”.
Songify takes spoken language and sets it to a beat in auto-tuner fashion. We listened to multiple versions of our quick creation (that is to say, we re-songified, tee hee) until we were pleased with the results.
What a fun way to end class on a Friday, and I think I will be hearing our song in my sleep tonight!