PowerUp Activities that Teach Time and Enhance Math Skills
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PowerUp Exercises: Core Exercise, Lower Body Exercise
First, practice the two exercises below to get comfortable with body positions. Then, use the Focus on Fractions and Telling Time queues to do the exercises for a center amount of time or what we in the exercise world call, duration!
PLANK: Strengthen your core by doing a plank. Begin on the floor, face down. Position elbows below shoulders with forearms pointed forward. Balancing on toes and elbows, lift knees and torso off the ground to begin the plank hold. (Imagine a pushup position on your elbows instead of your hands).
WALL SIT: Activate your lower body with a wall sit. Begin with your back against a wall, feet hip-width apart. Slowly lower into a seated position using legs to hold your upper body against the wall. Remind participants to keep body weight in their heels and avoid placing hands on knees for too much support.
Focus on Fractions and Telling Time
Allow participants to reference an analog clock, if needed.
“Let’s hold our plank for 1/10 of a minute. How many seconds will that be?”
For 6 seconds!
Other variations: ¼ of a minute, 1/6th of a minute, ⅓ of a minute, etc.
You could even try adding and converting fractions! Hold the first plank for 1/6th of a minute and the second plank for 1/10th of a minute. Then ask, in total, how long did we hold the plank? 16 seconds!
“Let’s hold our wall sit for one-quarter of a minute. How long will that be?”
Other variations: half a minute, three-quarters of a minute.
“Let’s start on the plank when the second hand is on the 3 and hold it until it gets to the 9. How many seconds will this be?”
Other variations: from the 2 to the 8, the 1 the 7, etc.
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