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Math Rap Level One: Addition and Subtraction

Math Rap: Level One is a fun, effective way for students to master their addition and subtraction facts. 

The songs cover addition and subtraction of numbers from 1 to 20. The book and CD also teach students about place value, even and odd numbers, and money as well as important content-area vocabulary words. Single-digit addition and subtraction are taught using fact families, which a growing body of research shows are the most effective way to teach basic math. Exercises and word problems in the book help students build to mastery. The Teacher Resource Book features lesson plans, answer keys and classroom games. 

Listen to a Song



All right, I woke up today, I was so hungry!
Listen to what I did:


I ate seven apples, yum, yum,
I wanted one more, so I ate one.
How many apples did I eat?
Wait, hold up: I ate eight!

I ate six bowls of oatmeal,
Then I ate two more bowls of oatmeal.
How many bowls did I eat?
Wait, hold up: I ate eight!

I ate five cinnamon buns,
Then I ate three more cinnamon buns.
How many buns did I eat?
Wait, hold up: I ate eight!

Um, I ate four peanuts,
Then I ate four more peanuts.
How many peanuts did I eat?
Wait, hold up: I ate eight!

I don’t eat too much, I watch my weight,
But on that day, I ate eight!
That’s 0 and 8, or 8 and 0,
1 and 7, or 7 and 1,
2 and 6, or 6 and 2,
3 and 5, or 5 and 3,
4 and 4, yeah, that’s the ticket,
I’m great with eight; can I kick it?


Do you know what I just ate?
It was tasty, it was great,
I need eight more on my plate.
Hey! Somebody call the waiter. (x2)


And what if we want to subtract?
That’s all good, we’ll take it right back.
8 1 is not eleven,
8 1 = 7
8 2 is chips,
8 2 = 6
8 3 is bees in a hive,
8 3 = 5
8 4 is ready to soar,
8 4 = 4
8 5 must be free,
8 5 = 3
8 6 is who?
8 6 = 2
8 7 is more than none,
8 7 = 1


Now you!
8 7 =
8 3 =
8 5 =
8 6 =
8 2 =
8 1 =
8 4 =
8 8 =


Do you know what I just ate?
It was tasty, it was great,
I need eight more on my plate.
Hey! Somebody call the waiter. (x2)