Shake it Off!

One of the ways I like to bringing learning to life in my room is through music…especially through music that kids {and maybe their teacher} really love. One such individual is T-Swift.

I tried to explain how I do this with my kids, but I feel like it’s better if I show you. I asked the Art Teacher to come over and record us in action.

Basically, I write two different numbers on the board while playing “Shake it Off”. Then, students have to use their hands to “shake off” the smaller number. It’s not really that fancy, but the kids really love it and they haven’t gotten sick of it 🙂


I started off using numbers 0-10 but they have gotten really good at it so I’ve started to use larger numbers. I modeled the thinking process of looking at two numbers and then making the decision of which one was smaller. In order to get kids to think and use strategies, you have to model it for them.

I hope that the video gives you a better visual!


  1. Heather Mueller says:

    This is the cutest thing!! I’m already rearranging my math schedule for next week to start doing this. Thank you for this amazing idea and so many more!!!!

  2. sandy welch says:

    This may be the cutest thing EVER!!!!! I’m trying this tomorrow. jWONDERFUL! Shake it off is our clean up song! They have to be sitting down on their carpet spot when it end but this is wayyyyyyy more fun! 🙂

  3. I Love, Love, Love this! I do wonder about the “content” of the song…like hella good hair and oh my god? Have you had any issues with that? I suppose I could just stop before that? I am so glad I stumbled on your blog! I am now follower for sure!

  4. Barbara Kibler says:

    This is terrific! Love it-thanks for shairng.

  5. Casey Miller says:

    This is such a great idea!!! I love it!!!

  6. Brittany Morris says:

    I just wanted to say thanks for your idea! We used it in my third grade class today to shake off prefixes and suffixes!!!

  7. Kim Penland says:

    This is awesome!! I have tried this with my class this week and we LOVE LOVE LOVE this activity!! Plus a little Taylor throughout the day is awesome! Today we shook our hands up to shake up the higher numbers. Awesome practice! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!