There are times when kids need to get out of their seats. We all have those days in our classroom when they are slightly antsy – the day before a break, the fair’s in town, there’s a school dance, etc. Rather than fight their need to move, use it for an easy instruction time. Print these cards, put them on the floor of your room, grab something small and not too bouncy, and review their knowledge of rational and irrational numbers. It is a great activity to do during an observation, though it is a good idea to have done one of these toss games prior to theobservation.This simple game can be adapted to your needs:
- It can be a minute-to-win-it station.
- It can be used as part of a math Olympics review.
- Have the entire class can take turns tossing to whichever type of number, irrational or rational, that you call out. If a student doesn’t hit the correct number it provides a discussion and correction opportunity.
- Set this up with teams. This is my favorite way to use this game. Each team receives 2 points for a correct throw. If a team member’s toss lands on the wrong kind of number, another team member is allowed to redeem (do over) the throw for 1 point. I usually have each team pick a captain who either assigns the redeemed throw to a team member or does it themselves. This speeds the game up and reduces the likelihood of a scuffle due to students vying for the toss.
To setup this game:
- Print cards.
- Find something to toss. Use a small stuffed animal, beanbag, Nerf gun, pom pom or even a wad of paper. You want something not too bouncy.
- Put cards on floor.
- Find a way to to identify where students stand to do the toss. I usually put a piece of masking tape on the floor.