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Stand Up for Math

Become a numeral or math symbol so your class can act out solutions to math problems. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division can be interactive!

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
  • 30 Minutes or Less
  • Directions

    1. Playing math games is great fun for students and helps with mastering new math concepts. The teacher may decide in advance what numerals and math functions or grouping symbols to use each time this game is played. Students may use math problems from their math books or invent new ones. This game can be led by the teacher or a student.
    2. To begin playing, the leader asks students to write either a numeral or a math sign (such as +, -, or =) on an individual dry-erase board with Crayola® Dry-Erase Markers.
    3. The leader calls out the first numeral of a math problem. Students with that numeral come to the front of the room (or wherever there is space) and hold up their boards.
    4. Next, the leader calls out a symbol such as "plus." Students with that sign stand next to students with the numeral that was called first. The leader continues to call out numerals and symbols until a math problem in the form of an equation is stated by each group of students.
    5. Next, the leader asks which classmates have white boards that are part of the solution? Does someone need to erase or add a numeral or symbol to state it? If your friends only wrote one numeral on their boards, does it take more than one student to solve the problem?
    6. As time permits, the game continues with new numerals, algorithms, and solutions!
  • Standards

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    LA: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade level reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.

    LA: With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.

    MATH: Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic.

    MATH: Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Invite students to change just one numeral or symbol in the original problem. Students explain how the change affects the rest of the problem and the solution.

    Ask students to work in small groups to create original problems. Share these with other classmates and check their solutions.

    Ask student groups to write word problems. Classmates create the equations that illustrate the solutions to the word problems on their dry erase boards.


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  • Creativity.
  • Capacity.
  • Collaboration.
  • Change.
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