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Teacher: Lori Kolb who teaches at College Park Elementary in Ocala, FL. Lori Kolb can be contacted at

Name of Best Practice: Stretch to the Math Tables

Rationale/Purpose of Event: To integrate Math into your Physical Education curriculum.

Suggested Grade Level: 3-5

Materials Needed: Big, colorful laminated chart of each multiplication table 1-12.

Stretch to the Math Tables

Pick a number or a multiplication table of the week. While your students are performing stretches or exercises (after they have warmed up their muscles properly by jogging, jumping rope, etc.) have them use the sequence of numbers of the multiplication table to count. For example, if the table of the week is 3, instead of counting while performing jumping jack using 1-10, they would count 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, etc. I encourage my students to count as loud as they can to make it more fun. When I find they are struggling with a multiplication table, I do "I count/you count". I will say the number and then they repeat the number after me. This way they can both hear and see the numbers.


Add music to it. The rhythm can help students to recall the number sequence. Add steps to it. We can never have enough movement! If you also want to do this with younger grades another example is to use addition by counting by "2's,5's, 10's" you can also make a various charts.

Have flash cards prepared for student who are learning or are struggling with the multiplication tables. They will be able to read the numbers off the flash card from their hand. They can take the flash card home to use for extra practice.

Teaching Suggestions/Tips:

Collaborate with your classroom teachers to see which tables the students would benefit from extra practice with.

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Posted on PEC: 2/9/2006 and has received 82 votes.

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