Math in the Middle

“Math in the middle” -an obstacle course combining basketball stations, fitness stations and math stations! The math in the middle refers to the center basketball circle where a variety of math stations have been set up on the inside of the circle.
Students are given a partner. One of the partners is doing the activity station while the other partner is doing math in the middle. At math in the middle students will be holding themselves in plank position while completing a math station.
Math stations include: setting time on clocks, math puzzles, creating the place value line, rolling dice and using math manipulatives to find the answer, math mats and flash cards. Flash cards were either addition or multiplication! Holding plank position while completing the math stations was found to be an intense muscular strength and endurance activity. The photos below will help clarify what each math activity is!

The activity stations around the gym included, dribbling through cones, log rolling or cartwheels down the mats, ball handling, basketball shooting, jump rope and pull ups!

The activity provided an opportunity for teamwork, following directions, responsibility and hard work!
Check out the photos and a pop in special guest!!
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Empire Strikes Back

Last lesson was Return of the Jedi….today we are following up with The Empire Strikes Back!

The Jedi are now in their fighter pods launching their light saber balls at the dark side as the dark side clone troopers try to collect supplies. If the dark side clone troopers are hit, they go to the Jedi stations to become stronger in the Force of goodness!

Students today are being asked to make predictions based upon the content and language objectives and the physical difference in how the gym is set up!

Students are using their prior knowledge, the objectives and the floor layout to PREDICT how the game will be played! The students then tell their prediction to a partner, if they predict correctly they have the choice of starting the game as a dark side clone trooper or in a fighter pod as a Jedi!!

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