Combine Math and Movement For Better Learning

Do you have kiddos that need to move? My room is full of kiddos that crave movement.  Research is very clear... movement is good for our brains, so I mixed math and movement and came up with Motor Math! 

Do you have kiddos that need to move? My room is full of kiddos that crave movement.  Research is very clear... movement is good for our brains, so I mixed math and movement and came up with Motor Math!
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To cut down on wait time and increase the amount of time students are on task, I broke my class into 3 groups. The groups then rotated through the different motor centers. There were 3 centers...2 gross motor and one fine motor. 


The first center was hopscotch addition. To begin, students rolled an over-sized die.


Next, the student counted the dot(s) and wrote the number on the white board. An adult wrote the numbers for the students who aren't able to write yet due to fine motor delays. The student then rolls the die again to find out which numbers they are adding.


Together we made dots under the numbers to practice making sets and developed a visual for the addition sentence. Once the addition sentence was completed, the student acted it out with our hopscotch rings. Example: for 3 + 2 the kiddo jumps up 3 then adds 2 by jumping 2 more.


The 2nd center was Bowling for Subtraction. For this center, students started by setting up bowling pins and counting how many there were (10). That number was written on the chalk board. Next, the student bowled and tried to knock down as many pins as possible. Students then counted how many pins were knocked down.



Next, the student completed the subtraction sentence by counting how many pins were still standing.




The 3rd center was Stamping Up The Sets. Students had to draw a number, identify it and then stamp that many. Students have to roll a die and make a set that matches that number by stamping that many times. 

Since the students' brains were in the zone, we kept the learning going with these winter math interactive books. There are 3 different types of books included, so I can use them with all of my students. 

We reviewed making sets with these books:



We worked on generalizing addition skills:


This book was to review subtraction:



Do you have kiddos that need to move? My room is full of kiddos that crave movement.  Research is very clear... movement is good for our brains, so I mixed math and movement and came up with Motor Math!



Till next time!

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