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Math in the Gym


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Debbie Neely from Justin, Texas submitted this math game for grades K-5.

My goal for this activity is for the kids to have fun by being physically active while, at the same time, practicing their math facts.

Divide your class into groups of 4-5. Separate your groups so that they are lined-up on one side of the gym. On the opposite side of the gym is a pile of blown-up balloons. Each balloon has a large number written on it. The teacher will ask the class a math question, such as “What is 2 times 4?” The first player in each group will run to the balloons, find the correct answer and return home. The first player to find a balloon with the correct answer scores a point for his team. The teacher continues to ask questions as long as time allows. Your students will love this game and won’t be ready to stop.

I have used this with K-5 students. You can add, subtract or multiply. Students are getting their brains as well as their bodies into shape. For the younger students you can ask questions such as “What number is before 6?” or “What number is after 8?”

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