Rounding Cheer

Rounding numbers is one of those things we struggle with every year.  Sigh.  One of my wonderful partners-in-crime, Diane Chevalier, went the extra mile and performed a cheer for the entire 3rd grade.  She even made her own cheerleading uniform and wore it all day at school. It was tough to get the little boogers all stuffed into one room sardine style but they had a BLAST!

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Please excuse the video quality.  I did this with my little point-and-shoot camera.

I found the original cheer in Mailbox a gazillion years ago and we (my teaching buddies and I) changed up the words a bit to suit us.  Here are the words if you're interested:

Estimate, About, Round.
Estimate, About, Round.
Find your number,
Look next door.
4 or less,
Let it rest.
5 or more raise the score!

I teach the kids that "find your number" means to underline the place they are rounding to.  They draw an arrow to the digit to the right of the underlined number on "look next door". 

This cheer provides a great opportunity for the kids to get up and move around during math class.  We spend a lot of time doing this cheer because I want the process to stick with them.  Of course, we teach the underlying concepts before we get to the rote practice.

Do you have any math chants that you do?

3 comments

  1. What a cute idea! I used the subtraction with regrouping poem that was floating around on Pinterest at one point:

    More on the floor? Go next door and get ten more.
    More on top, no need to stop.
    Number's the same? Zero's the game.

    My class LOVED it!

    Thanks for Sharing.
    Jessica
    Teach on a Limb

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  2. How awesome! I don't have any math chants but we use a few math rap songs that the kids love.

    MrsMc
    Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!

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