Objective: The students will learn their ‘sixes’
multiplication facts by writing their own multiplication rap so they can
orally present the ‘sixes’ to me.
paper and large black marker
Chalk board and chalk
‘Fours’ Multiplication Rap
Rap music and boom box
Classroom Set-up and Lesson:
Set: Play some rap music on tape and have the students listen and find
the beat of the song played.
Input: Question students
as to what they think is rap music.
Then play some from sample tapes.
Rap music is essentially a poem or rhyme to music.
It has a beat and is usually spoken/chanted to this beat.
Here, we will use multiplication rap as a device to help memorize
our ‘sixes’ multiplication facts.
“I wrote a multiplication rap for the ‘fours’ and I need
two volunteers to help me clap out the beat.”
Demonstrate the beat and recite sample rap encouraging the class
to participate. Hang sample multiplication rap in front of the class.
“I would like everyone to write a multiplication rap for the
‘sixes’ but before we do that let’s go over them.”
Have already written on the board
Coach the students to
use addition in helping them figure out all the answers. Also remind them that 6x5 is the same as 5x6, which they
After the class answers all the ‘sixes’, help them get
started on their own multiplication rap by doing zero through two.
“Now, I’d like you to finish the ‘sixes’ from here, and
you can work by yourself or with a partner.”
quickness and correctness of students answers to the ‘sixes’ on the
grading their multiplication rap for math and spelling skills.
understanding throughout the lesson modifying and adjusting my direction
to answer their questions or encourage them to think differently.
performing their rap solo or with help from friends in front of their
Depending on the success of students’
multiplication raps, they can continue with raps for other
multiplication facts. If
the students are comfortable, they can perform their rap for another
class. The students can
also record their rap for listening to later in helping them memorize
Making an effort to increase student learning by integrating music will help children gain meaningful context to their lives.