# The Area Song…

15/06/2010 2 Comments

How do you teach kids to remember how to calculate areas of shapes? Here’s one method…

Sing the following song to the tune of *Pop Goes The Weasel*:

**Verse 1:**

Multiply the length by the width

Gives the area of a rectangle.

Base times height divided by two

Now gives a triangle.

**Verse 2:**

Half the sum of the parallel sides

Times the distance between them.

That’s the way to calculate

The area of a trapezium.

If you start them off in year 7 regularly singing the first verse, then move them onto singing the second verse regularly in year 9 by the time they get to their exam in year 11 they’ll never forget how to calculate areas!

Here is a link to a pdf file with the song lyrics on that you can show on the interactive white board.

I can’t remember who told us of this one but a big thank you to you!

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This is a good idea but don’t get the maths wrong ! Change the last word of the first verse to triangle !

Absolutely right! And I call myself a maths teacher…. Thanks!