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10 Ways to Add Math to Physical Activity

At PowerUp Fitness, we're all about combining movement, learning, and fun, especially through our PowerUp Your School and PowerUp Peanuts Programs. Here are ten easy ways to combine math and movement to PowerUp the fun!

1. Counting by 5s

When warming up, such as jogging with high knees, students can count to 100 by 5's before switching to the next activity.

2. Math Fact Jumping Jacks

Students solve problems and answer with jumping jacks.i.e. 2 + 6 = 8 jumping jacks. Go!

3. Angles

Ask students which exercises form right angles with both knees? Answer: Lunges and Wall Sits!

4. Describing Time

Students perform static exercises (like planks and wall sits) for a certain about of time.Ask students to hold a plank for a quarter of a minute - translation: 15 seconds.

5. Counting by 3s

Students take three steps then bend forward to touch their toes.Count each step then shout the number as they bend forward. 3, 6, 9, 12, 15

6. & 7. Odd and Even

Ask students to give examples of even or odd numbers and perform that number of exercises to reinforce even and odd numbers.

8. Multiplication

Sets and reps are a great way to describe multiplication.We're going to do 2 sets of 5 squat jumps, how many total? 10!

9. 90 degrees & 180 degrees

Laying on their backs students perform leg raises, talk about 90 degree angles (legs up) and 180 degrees angles (legs down).

10. Shape Jumps

Ask younger students for different shapes, jump to make the shape. i.e. four jumps makes a square. With older students, get creative with parameter and area!

10 Ways to Add Math to Physical Activity
10 Ways to Add Math to Physical Activity

10 Ways to Add Math to Physical Activity
10 Ways to Add Math to Physical Activity

Check out our PowerUp Your School program for full lesson plans aligning physical activity and academic standards!


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