2010 PERFORMANCES
   
   

Infinity in my hand

Grade 3 students explored fractions in the context of infinity and limits. The song captures the math dialogues they scripted.

Hey Serena, do your chore
Take the garbage out the door
I can’t Daddy, I learned in math
That I can’t do it any more

It can’t be true Serena
Your teacher is crazy
You can walk out the door
You’ve done it many times before

Halfway there Dad, and half of what’s left
And half of what’s left, it never ends
Infinity gets in the way
I heard my teacher say

Infinity gets in the way
I heard my teacher say
Infinity is so big
Infinity takes forever
But is there a way around it?
Can we think of something clever?

Let’s go to a movie instead
Let’s go Daddy, let’s go ahead
I’d like to Serena, but too bad
We can’t do it your teacher said

Halfway there, and half of what’s left
And half of what’s left, it never ends
Infinity gets in the way
I heard you say

I have an idea, a plan
Maybe Daddy we can
Infinity may be really big
But I can hold it in my hand

Infinity gets in the way
I heard my teacher say
Infinity is so big
Infinity takes forever
But there is a way around it
If we think of something clever

Take a square and shade a half
Then shade half of a half
On and on and on and on
Always shading half

Infinity in a square
Infinity hiding in there
It’s a math surprise Serena
That is so much fun to share

Infinity gets in the way
I heard my teacher say
Infinity is so big
Infinity takes forever
But there is a way around it
If we think of something clever

Half of a square
And a quarter and an eighth
On and on and on and on
The fractions make a whole

So we can do it Daddy
We can go to the movie
But first Serena do your chore
Take the garbage out the door

Infinity is not in the way
This is what I say
Infinity is so big
Infinity takes forever
But there is a way around it
If we think of something clever