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I'm from Math that makes me happy

We used George Ella Lyon's poem Where I'm From as a starting point for children telling stories about math. Children worked in small groups to list ideas on the theme of "math that makes me happy". Their ideas were combined thematically to form a poem. Then students worked with aboriginal performance artists Tracy Bone, JC Campbell and Dave Mowat, to develop live performances to be shared with their community.

Four songs about the Alderville First Nation

Two songs about Math

More about the Alderville First Nation project

I’m from Math that makes me Happy (download the mp3 file)

Candles on my birthday cake
A hundred birthdays
5050 candles make

I like mad minute math
I do them so well

Money math makes me happy
Adding, counting
Do I have enough?

I like money math
I get to keep it when I’m done

I love math in a song
It helps me understand when I’m done
And everyone is involved, I love math

With protractors
I measure angles
It’s so much fun, I can’t deny

I like word problems
With more than one answer
I always get them right
I know for sure

Candy math, money math
Multiplication the fun way
I can’t get enough

Constructing angles
Makes me happy
Obtuse, acute, and right angles

I love math in a song
It helps me understand when I’m done
And everyone is involved, I love math, I love math