I used the Y in the song YMCA to help my students remember that the y-axis was vertical. So, what could be the next step except for a song and dance about the equation of a line using the YMCA! My students really enjoyed singing about fractions, so I wanted to sing and even dance this time! I know that I am not breaking any new ground here, but my students are fabulous so I wanted to share our version! We just learned it today so it’s a little rough, but I rarely have both 6th grades together for class so I had to video them today.

I downloaded a karaoke version of the YMCA from iTunes for accompaniment. We only sang our song to the chorus of the YMCA so luckily, I found a version that started with the chorus! Of course when we went outside to practice (and video) I couldn’t get the music to play. But, we’ll do this again for sure!

Equation of a Line Song
(Sung to the chorus of YMCA) Edited to add a new verse, 2014

y = mx + b, Equation of a line!
y = mx + b…
Puff, puff positive. Nice negative,
0 slope, And undefined

y = mx + b, Equation of a line!
y = mx + b…
Begin at the B. Rise and then run.
Connect the points, to graph the line!

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Hi – this isn’t spam or anything. I couldn’t find an email address on here so I thought I’d just comment. I have co-authored a new book on the teaching of mathematics called Teaching Numeracy: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking. In a “grass roots” effort, I’m trying to get the word out. It’s being published by Corwin Press. If you happen to check it out, let me know what you think. Thanks and take care.

P.S. I’ll be having a contest over on my blog at the end of March where I’m giving away free signed copies.