First, I have to say I can't take credit for this myself. The mysterious "Andrew" left a comment on this post
and it was too awesome to ignore. It didn't seem like he had a blog, so I figured I'd post this because it worked really well.
Second, I swear that my classes aren't all songs and dances. I just wanted to post this now because I know teachers will have just done slope or are starting it soon, and it went really well.
Andrew's suggestion was to use the tune to Flo Rida's "Low" but with the following words:
The difference of the y and the difference of the x
Also known as rise over run
Divide the two
And then reduce
Then you got slope, slope, slope, slope
I added the following verse in between chorus' to add a little excitement:
"When I'm sittin' in math and I'm tryin' to find
How to get the the slope, the slope of a line
I think about the rise, and the run all the time
Then I think of this song, and I'm gonna be fine
1/2 slope come on
1 slope come on
2 slope come on
now that's three slopes
You think I'm a dope?
I'd gotta say nope
I am gonna find that slope!"
So, I easily found an instrumental version of the song by searching google and played it in the background. I had a student from another class help out the first time to introduce it. This is how it went(the 3rd time through):