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When I was tutoring a student, I came up with a song for multiplication/division to help her remember how to handle integer operations. It is sung to the tune of Are You Sleeping?

Multiplying and dividing,
Use same sign, use same sign.
You will get a positive,
You will get a positive,
And you'll be fine, you'll be fine.

There is an addition/subtraction song sung to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Same sign, add and keep.
Different sign, subtract.
Take the sign of the higher number,
Then it'll be exact.

I plan to use these songs with my Pre-Algebra students when we begin to learn how to handle integers. We will sing every day, until they can sing this song in their sleep. Remembering how to handle integer operations is where my students often falter.


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