Active Learning Games for Small Spaces
Whether it’s Spring storms keeping you indoors, team practice taking over your gym space, or you’re simply looking for fun ways to get moving in the classroom or at home, PowerUp any space, any place with these three movement and learning games.
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Split larger groups into teams of 4 to 6 participants. At home split into small teams or play as a family. Each team decides who will go first, second, third, fourth, fifth, etc.
The first person on each team completes 5 jumping jacks then solves the problem 6x1. Then, the second team member does 5 jumping jacks and solves the problem 6x2. Third person, jumping jacks, then 6x3. Continue the pattern, each team member taking a turn. The first team to get to and solve 6x12 wins!
Work through different times tables or try with division or addition and subtraction.
Bop-It aligns with English Language Arts Standards about interpreting words, phrases, and figurative meaning with movement. Participants follow the instructor’s cues to play the “Bop It” game, using their bodies to follow the instructions. Demonstrate and then call out the following commands.
Kick it - kick out in front (ensure they are in their own space first!)
Twist it – jump, twisting halfway around then twist back to front
Spin it - turn all the way around
Pull it - reach up above heads and then “pull” down into a low squat.
Bop it - jump up in the air
Pick up the pace of the calls as the game progresses.
PowerUp Action verbs
Participants apply their knowledge and understanding of action verbs by identifying action verbs and then performing the action. Remind students to keep the movement in their “own space.”
Run, Skip, Jump, etc. Participants continue naming action verbs until everyone has a chance to share their verb for the whole group to perform!
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