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Name of Activity:

Dribbling Math Challenge

Purpose of Activity:

To practice foot dribbling and hand dribbling with control. In addition it helps to reinforce math concepts.

Activity cues:

Hand Dribbling Cues


Should have had prior experience dribbling with their feet/hands, basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

A soccer ball/basketball for each student, 50 cones at least with numbers on them, cards with grade appropriate math problems on them, 2 hula hoops.

Description of Idea

Have cones spread out around the gym. Have math cards in hoops at the ends of the area. Students begin at a cone with a ball and dribble (hand/foot) to a hoop. Students select a card and dribble to the appropriate cone based on the answer to the math equation. They then dribble back to the hoop, replace card and select a new one.

Sample cards:

  • What is 6+2?
  • What is 2+1?
  • What is 10-4?
  • Can you find an odd number?
  • An even number?
  • What is 10/2?
  • What is 3 x 4?

Assessment Ideas:

Are students dribbling the ball using the correct technique? Are they able to dribble with the ball under control? Use the Assessment Checklist to record student skills.

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Submitted by Lauren Lynch who teaches at Rodeph Sholom in New York, NY. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 10/26/2002.

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