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Students learn about math through rock and roll
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 16:51 PM

When one thinks of math, rock and roll does not necessarily come to mind. However, at Coyote Canyon Elementary School in Rancho Cucamonga, California, the two go hand-in-hand for second- and third- graders, the Mohave Daily News reported.

These students recently took part in a Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona's Math Achievement Club exercise involving the MAC-Ro Rock band, the news source stated. This group of four guitarists and multiple vocalists met with the children to enhance their mathematical education.

With the help of Mama Rock, the band's leader, the students sang a rendition of Warren Zevon's song, Werewolves of London, but sang "ones, tens and hundreds," instead of the tune's title. In order to participate, students had to agree to practice their math skills outside of school, which they were more than happy to agree to.

According to the the news source, the Rodel Foundation's program is aligned with state standards and will carry over when the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are fully implemented. The CCSS Initiative's website states that the new standards in mathematics will stress both procedural and conceptual understanding to ensure success as students proceed to higher levels of education.