Brief Description Reinforce any math skill. Get kids moving with this math *activity.*

Objectives

Students will

- actively engage their minds and bodies as they solve math problems.

Materials Needed

- a set of cards (card sets will vary according to the skill being taught/reinforced; see the
**Prepare the Lesson**section below)

Lesson Plan

For some students -- especially boys -- being actively engaged and getting up-and-moving can be a difference maker when it comes to learning and reinforcing math skills. In this simple lesson idea, students will move around as they solve math problems for the missing number.

**Prepare the Lesson**

In advance of the lesson, you will need to create a series of cards with large numbers and math symbols on them. For the purpose of this example, we will assume that your class includes 25 students so you will create a series of 22 cards numbered 0 to 21 as well as three additional cards --

- one with an addition/plus sign (+) on it;
- one with a subtraction/minus (-) sign on it; and
- one with an equal sign (=) on it.

**Engaging Students in the Lesson**

Call up students to arrange themselves in a variety of orders. Leave spaces where each box symbol [ ] appears below. Once you have arranged the students, call on the person holding the card with the missing number to come forward and fill in the box/space [ ] in the equation.

16 [9] = 7Continue to set up equations in this manner. Keep the activity moving quickly so that students are getting a little exercise of the body as well as the brain. After doing 10-15 equations, you might have students exchange cards so everyone has a different number or symbol before continuing the activity.

7 + 4 = [11]

20 [2] = 18

7 + [6] = 13

13 3 = [10]

**Adapt the Lesson**

This lesson plan can be adapted in many ways. Prepare different sets of number cards to be used to teach or reinforce any math skill.

**Example 1: The 12 Tables**

Create a set of number cards to reinforce the 12 times tables. In this case, you would create 27 cards with all the numbers/symbols that would come into play when doing the 12 tables": 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96, 108, 120, 132, and 144 as well as the multiplication sign (X), division sign (/), and equal sign (=). If you have more cards than kids, some students might be given two cards. Call up students to arrange themselves in a variety of orders; then call for students holding the card with the missing number to come forward and fill in the box/space [ ] in the equation.

11 X [6] = 66

[99] / 11 = 9

3 X 11 = [33]

4 X [11] = 44

11 X 12 = [121]

**Example 2: Adding a Column of Numbers**

Prepare in advance a set of number cards for reinforcing column addition of three numbers. In this case you might create 25 cards that are numbered 0 to 21 as well as two plus signs (+) and one equal sign (=). Have students arrange themselves in a variety of ways and then have them fill in the missing number [ ].

6 + 5 + 4 = [15]

[7] + 6 + 8 = 21

16 + 2 + 3 = [21]

8 + [6] + 4 = 18

4 + 5 + [11] = 20

6 + [0] + 5 = 11

**Example 3: Solving Equations for the Missing Number**

Create a set of number cards to use in solving an equation for the missing number. In this case you might create 25 cards that are numbered 0 to 19 as well as two plus signs (+), two minus signs (-), and an equal sign (=). Have students arrange themselves in a variety of ways and then have them fill in the missing number [ ].

(6 + 5) - 4 = [7]

([4] + 5) + 7 = 16

4 ([6] - 5) = 3

19 ([8] 3) = 14

16 (2 + [5]) = 9

6 + (30 [20]) = 16

Assessment

Assess students based on their engagement and correct responses.

Lesson Plan Source

EducationWorld.com

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