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These poems had been written by Eileen Tupaz.

Odd - Even Poem

Zero, two, four, six, eight
Being even is just great.

One, three, five, seven, nine
Being odd is just fine.

Zero the hero came to school.
Zero the hero knows a rule:
Zero the hero stays in a space,
So all the other numbers get in the right place!

We sing a song to the tune of "Frere Jacques":
Zero Hero, Zero Hero,
We love you.
We love you.
Though you may be nothing,
We really think you're something.
Yes, we do.  Yes, we do.

(tune Wheels on the Bus)
The hands on the clock go round and round,
Round and round, round and round.
The hands on the clock go round and round.
To tell us the time.

The short hand on the clock
Goes from number to number,
Number to number, number to number.
The short hand on the clock
Goes from number to number.
To tell us the time.

The long hand on the clock
Goes around by fives,
Around by fives, around by fives.
The long hand on the clock
Goes around by fives.
To tell us the minutes.

The Skip Count Song

(Tune: Skip to my Lou)

Skip count, skip count, count by 2's
Skip count, skip count, count by 2's
Skip count, skip count, count by 2's
We can count to 20.
2, 4, 6, 8, 10,12,14,16, 18, 20 (chant this line)

Skip count, skip count, count by 5's
Skip count, skip count, count by 5's
Skip count, skip count, count by 5's
We can count to 50.
5, 10, 15, 20, (up to 50)

Skip count, skip count, count by 10's
Skip count, skip count, count by 10's
Skip count, skip count, count by 10's
We can count to 100.
10, 20, 30, 40, (up to 100)

Shelby Star is my name
Shining brightly is my game
With five sparkly points and lots of sides, too
With wishes I make dreams come true.

I am Cindi Circle
Watch me turn
Round and round
And you will learn
I'm not straight and
I don't bend
My outside edges
Never end!

Sammy Square is my name
My four sides are just the same
Turn me around, I don't care
I'm always the same, I'm a square!

I am Danny Diamond
I am like a kite
But I'm really just a square
Whose corners are pulled tight

Ricky rectangle is my name
My four sides are not the same
Two are short and two are long
Count my sides, come along

Tommy Triangle is the name for me
Count my sides - there's 1-2-3

I am Ollie Oval
A football shape is mine
Some people think that I"m an egg
But I think I look fine!
Opal Oval is my name.
The circle and I are not the same.
The circle is round, as round can be.
I am shaped like an egg as you can see

Harry Heart is my name
The shape I make is my fame
With a point on the bottom and two humps on top
When it comes to love I just can't stop!

1 A straight line down and 1 is done.
2 Around and back on the railroad track, 2,2,2.
(Read as "choo-choo-choo")
3 Go around and around a tree. That's the way to write a 3.
4 Down and across and down once more. That's way to write 4.
5 Down and around, make it fat. Numeral 5 wears a hat.
6 Down and around, make a loop. Numeral 6 rolls a hoop.
7 Across, slant, then you are done. Writing 7 can be fun.
8 Write an S but do not wait. Come back up and write an 8.
9 A loop and a line make numeral 9.
10 Pull down straight, lift, and then curve down, curve up--that's a 10.

  Number Poem
Down you run and 1 is done.

Around, and down, and out go you,
That's the way to make a 2.

Around, and around, like a bee,
That's the way to make a 3.

Down, across, and down once more,
That's the way to make a 4.

Short neck, belly fat,
Number 5 wears a hat.

Down, around, in a circle you go,
That's a six, just as you know.

Straight across, slide down from heaven,
That's the way to make a 7.

First a snake, then come back straight,
That's the way to make an 8.

First a ball and then a line,
That's the way to make a 9.

Tall straight, circle then,
That's the way to make a 10


Circumference and Area
Fiddle de dum, Fiddle de dee,
A ring round the moon is pi times d;
But if a hole you want repaired,
You use the formula Pi r squared.
A New Solution to an Old Problem

By: Eleanor Ninestein

The Topologist's child was quite hyper
'Til she wore a Moebius diaper.
The mess on the inside
Was thus on the outside

And it was easy for someone to wipe her.

The Mobius Strip

A mathematician confided
That a Mobius band is one-sided.
And you'll get quite a laugh
If you cut it in half,
For it stays in one piece when divided.

By: Katherine O'Brien
The Mathematics Teacher
April 1968

His first day at Princeton, the legend goes,
he went for a stroll (in his rumpled clothes).
He entered a coffee shop -- moment of doubt --
then climbed on a stool and looked about.
Beside him, a frosh, likewise strange and alone,
consoling himself with an ice cream cone.
Now Einstein's glee
was plain to see
at the sight of the cone with the sphere on top
(in the hand of a frosh in a sandwich shop)
and -- oh incredible --
completely edible!
He smiled at the frosh, then the waiter came,
and Einstein gestured he'd like the same, and they sat there nibbling, suddenly kin,
with no common language to verbalize in.
But foreign no longer, no longer alone,
with the fellowship bond of an ice cream cone.

You disintegrate my differential,
You dislocate my focus.
My pulse goes up like an exponential
whenever you cross my locus.
Without you, sets are null and void --
so won't you be my cardioid?


By: John Atherton

I think that I shall never c
A # lovelier than 3;
For 3 < 6 or 4,
And than 1 it's slightly more.
All things in nature come in 3s,
Like ... , trio's, Q.E.D.s;
While $s gain more dignity
if augmented 3 x 3 --
A 3 whose slender curves are pressed
By banks, for compound interest;
Oh, would that, paying loans or rent,
My rates were only 3%!
3 expands with rapture free,
And reaches toward infinity;
3 complements each x and y,
And intimately lives with pi.
A circle's # of
Are best up by 3s,
But wrapped in dim obscurity
Is the square root of 3.
Atoms are split by men like me,
But only God is 1 in 3.