Science, Games and Music – Making Math Fun William McKinley School 39 students are racing to the finish line, but this isn’t P.E. class – it’s Family Math/Science Night. The students are playing different games that enforce math and science skills and having fun at the same time.

Teacher Amy Pellor, who helped organize the event, believes it’s important for students to have fun, especially with math.

“Making math fun for students helps them get passionate about learning,” Pellor said. “Having fun and learning should be synonymous in their minds. If they are having fun, they will focus better, learn more and feel successful.”

Thomas D. Gregg School 15 Principal Dr. Teresa Baker agrees. Her school hosts a Math Pentathlon where students play math games after school on Mondays. These games use interactive problem solving to teach basic math concepts and strengthen students’ understanding.

“Students are talking out their strategies as they play these games,” Dr. Baker said. “The students are benefiting and building math concepts and skills with every game they play.”

Roberta Lovenheim, a teacher at George W. Julian School 57, has taken a different approach in making math fun. First of all, she’s the music teacher.

Lovenheim regularly incorporates math skills into her teaching. She compares learning to read music with understanding how to use graphs. And incorporates physics into the study of acoustics and the structure of instruments.

“When we study time signatures, we study fractions and then extend that study to solve the needed equations to write a horizontal melody,” Lovenheim said. “Further, adding knowledge of graphs and ratios, we study and write harmony, using the factors inherent in the overtone series. When we tune and play musical instruments, we are using our knowledge and study of acoustics,and we use workbook materials that support the learning of rhythms.”

Lovenheim also ensures that the techniques and skills she’s teaching reinforce what the students are learning in their classrooms.

We’re proud of our outstanding educators for finding ways to make math enjoyable for our students!