Sarah M. Baxter

  • 2015-16 Using Music to Teach Mathematics Grants Recipient

    Sarah M. Baxter

    McLean School, Potomac, Maryland

    Fostering Number Sense in the First Graders with Learning Differences: Teaching Skip Counting and Tens Facts Through Original Songs

    Lower school math specialist, lower school music teacher and K-1 teacher and academic coordinator will collaborate to write songs about skip counting and tens facts for a first grade classroom with students with a variety of learning differences.

    We will teach the students these songs and they will accompany them with xylophones and bass bars. Students will learn the songs and also practice the concepts contained in the songs with math manipulatives. By practicing these skills with singing, rhythm and playing instruments, students will improve their numeracy and strengthen their math skills. The first graders will present the songs to the Kindergarteners. The songs we create and implement will be part of the multisensory math curriculum at the McLean School.