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Name of Activity:

Fitness Planks + Math = Strong and Smart

Academic content:


Purpose of Activity:

To help students learn more about math while doing fitness activities.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

Math mat, math problems on index cards, rubber fish/chicken/etc. (any object that students can grab)

Physical activity:

Fitness- Muscular Endurance

Description of Idea

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Students are in groups of three. Two students are in a push-up position on their side of the math mat. The third student performs a wall sit and reads/shows a math problem to the other two students. The two students must hit the correct answer with their hand and then grab the rubber fish (or any object of your choice) in the middle of the mat before the other student gets it. If the answer is a double digit number, then they have to touch both digits before grabbing the rubber fish.

Perform 2 math problems and then rotate positions.

Image of Activity in Action:

fitness plank push ups while learning math


Group students based on math ability so the game is fair.

Teaching Suggestions:

Whoever gets the math question correct gets to keep the card. Each card is worth 1 point.

Students can keep track of points based on the number of cards they earn.


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Fitness Planks + Math = Strong and Smart

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Previous Comments:

Mary Ellen Brancheau

Do you have other ideas to use with the math mat for? What dimensions didn’t you make your mat?

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