Amazing Music & Math Integration in First Grade!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

As I was walking through the hall today, I saw this hanging outside one of the first grade classrooms!

My school is a STEAM (Science Tech Engineering Arts Math) so integration is expected.  I've done several integrated lessons this year, usually going into core classes to add some sort of musical element to whatever it may be they are studying, but I've never seen one of the classroom teachers take it upon themselves to do this.  I had no idea!

I popped my head into the classroom to compliment the teacher on his integration of music and he pointed out the projects that went along with it.  Hanging on the wall above were a series of compositions written on index cards.  Each composition was four index cards long with each card equaling a whole note.  Students had to use math to figure out what rhythms could fit on each card.  I was shocked that my FIRST GRADERS were doing these!  We've been preparing rhythm and using symbolic notation to read "long" and "short short", but we haven't learned quarter and eighths yet, let alone whole and half!  In fact, some of my fourth graders have been struggling with this on the recorders, but the teacher said these first graders picked it up very quickly.  *MIND.  BLOWN.*

(*side-note* I never thought of doing the index cards!  I really like this idea)

I've asked the teacher to save these and when we come back from Christmas Break I'm going to use them to have the students add melody or words and write songs.  I'm so excited!

Have you done any really cool integrated lessons or projects lately?  Have you been inspired by integration of the arts demonstrate by your colleagues?  Do you want to do more cross-curricular activities but don't know where to begin?  Let's share some ideas!  Maybe we can get some inspiration for the new year.  : )

Only 2 1/2 more days until break!  Happy Holiday!    


  1. I love your blog and I have nominated you for a Liebster Award! See the post here.

    Have a great day!

    Rachel Tanenblatt
    Music With Mrs. Tanenblatt

  2. I love the paper plate worked great with my kids!! Thank you!!


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