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Math Tag


Math, P.E. & Health  


K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  

Title – Math Tag
By – Aliese
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Secondary Subjects – Math
Grade Level – K-5


      0104-Explore and experience locomotor motor movements


    0101-Develop and apply problem-solving approaches to investigate, and understand mathematical content.

RATIONALE: Integrating math skills with a simple game of tag.

CONTENT: Students will run around in the designated areas. When the teacher blows the whistle and says a number, the students must form clusters of the number desired. Those students who end up without groups/partners sit out the next round.


  • Have students sit on the ground and listen to instructions. Ask them a few simple math problems to get their minds on the right track.
  • Make sure the students are aware of the boundary areas. If played in a gym, lines already on the floor could be used. If outside, cones or landmarks could be used as boundaries as well.
  • Stand in the middle of the designated area and tell the students to being running around. When desired, blow the whistle (which is the signal for the students to freeze) and then either yell out a number or a simply computable math problem.
  • The students will either have to get into groups of the number or compute the problem in their heads to decipher how many students they should have in a group.
  • To make sure everyone gets to participate in the beginning, make sure to say numbers and problems which will be able to include the entire class.
  • When ready, an elimination process can be started.

CONCLUSION: The teacher will say, “Now you have all learned that math really can be fun” (Assuming most students are not quite so enthusiastic about the subject).

ASSESSMENT TOOL FOR EVALUATION OF STUDENTS: You can assess the students’ ability to follow instructions by whether or not they pay attention to the boundaries set. You can also assess the students’ simple comprehension of math facts by whether or not they make the effort to participate or just automatically get out because they do not want to figure out the computations.

MATERIALS & REFERENCES NEEDED: Whistle, cones (optional), a really loud voice because the kids can get crazy.

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