## Yes, Math Can Be Active Too

I design worksheets and here I am advocating '

*active math'*. What is active math you ask? It's using body movements to learn math concepts. Why? Because young learners need to be active. When you allow for physical activity, learners are more engaged which allows for more permanent learning of the concept being taught.

Just how to you get your learners physical for math? Here are 3 to get you started:

- All students stand up. Do the countdown around the room. Start at any number and when it's an even number, the girls touch their toes, when it's an odd number the boys turn around once. You can add any other elements you wish. (Jump once, squat twice etc.)
- Form numbers with bodies. 1 or 2 students makes their body form a shape or number.
- Math stomp. The teacher gives the question (3x2 or 9+2 or 12-7) etc. and the students stomp the answer by lifting their knees up and stomping down. Or students squat the number of times the answer would be.

Of course, now that the class is tired out, you might want to turn to some fun math worksheets:

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