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TEACHER TRAININGThe Patterns of Music, Movement, and Multiplication (3 – 5)

Teaching through a wide range of learning modalities supports all children. Pattern Foundations lessons integrate music, movement, social learning, and oral language with mathematical thinking.

Students work with partners to create their own movement phrases. Then children take the role of the teacher, performing and asking the audience a sequence questions that unpack the mathematics.

Students explore how math properties relate to musical structures. For example, the Commutative Property of Multiplication relates to mixed meter in music. Kids create a short choreography to fit movement patterns into a musical composition.

About this Workshop

In this arts integration STEM program, grade 3-5 teachers use music and movement to deepen student understanding of multiplication patterns. Too often, students memorize multiplication tables without developing a deep understanding of the fundamental patterns of multiplication and division. For some students, rote memorization comes so quickly that those essential connections are never made and number sense is not deepened. For others, the challenge to memorize facts that have no meaning is just too difficult. And when kids fail to develop a conceptual understanding of multiplication and division, they struggle later with fractions and algebra.

When students experience multiplication patterns through music and movement, they see, feel, and understand math concepts in a whole new way. Pattern Foundations lessons reach all learners by connecting music, movement, social learning, and language to mathematical thinking. Bring this arts-integrated approach to teaching into your classroom, and watch your students’ mathematical thinking expand while their creativity explodes!


Grade Level: 3 - 5

Number of Participants: 35

Workshop Time: 3 hours or 6 hours

Workshop Setup

  • LCD projector and Screen

  • Speakers

  • Chairs arranged in a semicircle facing the screen

  • Plenty of room for movement

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