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Name of Activity:

Math Tag

Academic content:


Purpose of Activity:

To have students work on solving arithmetic problems.

Suggested Grade Level:

3rd and Up

Materials Needed:

Cones to mark off a safe playing area

Physical activity:

Locomotor Skills

Description of Idea

Identify 2/3 chasers by having them hold a ball or wear a pinnie. Have the rest of the students find a good self space in general space. On the teachers signal have the chasers walk (you can try quicker movements such as skipping, walking fast, and galloping as soon as students are successful with walking) and try to tag as many of the other students as possible.

Upon being tagged, children freeze and raise their hand and say the words "I need a math problem". Another student approaches and gives the student a math problem. The person frozen must answer the problem correctly before he/she is unfrozen. Only one person can give a frozen child a math problem and the person who is giving the problem is not eligible to be tagged.

Teaching Suggestions:

It is good to know what kind of math problems students have been working on.

May want to have students use more than just two numbers - this makes the student think a little bit more.

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Submitted by Dean  Manross who teaches at Pointe South Elementary School in Riverdale , GA . Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 5/23/2000.

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