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Here students answer math problems by forming into groups of the appropriate number
Math, P.E. & Health
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Title – Crazy Math Activity
By – Brandy K. Powell
Primary Subject – Math
Secondary Subjects – Health / Physical Education
Grade Level – 1-3
Competency Goal: The learner will demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior in physical activity settings.
- -Follow with few reminders, activity-specific rules, procedures, and etiquette.
- -Utilize safety principles in activity situation.
- -Work cooperatively and productively with a partner or small group.
Materials: cones, whistle
Warm Up: The students will stretch their arms and legs. First will be some arm rolls, then we can reach to the sky, and then drop down to touch our toes. Then some lunges both ways to stretch the legs and bend the knees. Finally, we will do some jumping jacks to get the body going.
Guided Practice: I will get five students to help me. I will tell the five students to run in a small taped off box. Then I will tell them that when they hear the whistle they must stop. I will then give them simple math problems or just a number the students must then, upon hearing this, form the suggested number (that means if I give a problem they must first figure out what the answer is and then form the groups). Whoever didn’t get into a group must figure out how many people they needed to form their own group. Once they answer, we get ready to do another problem. I will also tell them that they would be able to do as many different movements as possible, such as, first they can run and then after that problem they will skip and so forth each time it changes (running, skipping, hopping on one foot, jumping, walking, and crawling).
Independent Practice: After the students see and understand the game, they will get their chance to play the game. This game can be done as many times as needed. The students will have about half the gym, more if needed, to run around in. We first begin with running. I will whistle and the students will freeze. Then I will yell out the problem/number and the students will form a group that represents the answer so if the answer was three, then there will be groups of three formed. Those that didn’t get into a group will then need to figure out how many they needed to form their own group.
Closure: At the conclusion of the game, they will walk two laps around the gym. I will then determine if the students followed the rules. Did they all get to participate in the game? Did the students seem to enjoy it and did they learn math?
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