We move and grove all day in first grade and this song comes out at least once a day in just math alone, but it is often sung out at other times. My students even sing it to each other. WHY? Because it’s FUN and I have trained them to prove their answers, to explain their thinking, and to be able to show evidence for their reasonings. My first graders expect not only me to ask them to prove their thinking, but also expect their peers to ask them too.
Especially when it comes to math we don’t want our students to be little formula robots. We want them thinking, applying skills, and problem solving. We want them to not only know HOW to do something but WHY!
It was out of the desire to move my students from the HOW to the WHY that I adapted the “I like to move it, move it!” song to the “You’ve got to prove it, prove it!” song!
When my students sang this song in the video it was during our math calendar time. I use Reagan Tunstall’s Rise and Shine math binder (It is 10 kinds of fabulous! Don’t even get me started on how awesome it is!) and the students were having to “prove” why the number of the day, 105, was odd. To prove it my students need to know that you have to look at the number in the ones place. They also need to know that 5 is in the ones place. Then they need to know that even means that all numbers can evenly be paired up, while odd means that one will be left over or remain. See how much goes into understanding-even to a simple question like is it even or odd? Understanding is so important!This song also works great to have students prove their answers by showing support from the texts they are reading! Close reading skills and citing evidence in texts are so important and this song makes it so FUN to have your students prove it!