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What Is The History Behind The Broom Challenge?

What Is The History Behind The Broom Challenge?

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What Is The History Behind The Broom Challenge? It's back again, everybody. The Broom Challenge asks you whether you can balance a broom upright on its bristles. It's swept rapidly through social media, from Tik-Tok to Facebook. It began on Instagram on the 7th, and it exploded with a tweet on the 10th from Twitter user @mikaiylaaaaa, citing a supposed announcement from NASA. Or did it begin here? The same challenge was trending back in 2012, claiming that brooms would stand up on the spring equinox. Many other sources are citing this as the origin of the trend, and calling that the end of it. The Secret History of the Broom Challenge But just a little further back, the idea was alive and well, though it took the form of…
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Throw an Active School Valentine’s Day Party For Your Class!

Throw an Active School Valentine’s Day Party For Your Class!

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Throw an Active Valentine's Day Party for Your Class! February is here, which means your school Valentine's Day party is coming up. Usually, these parties involve games, activities, and sweet treats. But your class can still stay active and healthy while having fun. Here are some Valentine’s Day class party ideas that will keep your students engaged and learning!Jump Rope for HeartDuring February, the American Heart Association hosts its annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. Students raise money for heart disease research through various jump rope activities. Include some Valentine’s Day-themed activities in their exercises and challenges during gym class, like jumping rope around the gym to see who can collect the most paper hearts!Jump Rope for Heart’s Skipping Skills works well with kinesthetic learning techniques. Your students could jump…
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After School Program at GIAC

After School Program at GIAC

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After School Program at GIAC On October 22, 2019, Math & Movement hosted an after school program for 11 students at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC). The goal was to increase student performance and understanding of skip-counting and multiplication. As a bonus, students gained extra physical activity throughout the day. Hop To Multiplication! The program started with a pre-test to measure students’ math skills. As a group, they averaged 19% of correct answers. They learned the basketball and soccer ball movements as a warm-up to learn one-to-one correspondence and skip counting. Students then practiced skip counting by 3’s on our floor mats to solve multiplication problems. They jumped, hopped, and skipped to fill out a practice worksheet. They worked in pairs as part of a flexible grouping strategy, which…
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Math & Movement Ten Frame Desk Sticker

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Math & Movement Game Boards Love our full size floor mats but want a smaller version for fun classroom games and activities? Try our new Math & Movement ten frame board game for fun math games and individual desk work. Our math game boards are designed for individual desk work. Each student gets their own reusable dry-erase compatible sticker to practice writing their numbers. They can also practice counting from 1 to 10 by tapping and counting on their desk. How to Use The Ten Frame Game Here’s an addition game to play with our Ten Frame Game Board! Have students write each number from 1 through 10 on their game boards using a dry-erase marker. Call out a number between 1 and 9. Have students draw a dot or…
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School Stair Riser Stickers

School Stair Riser Stickers

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Math & Movement Stair Riser Stickers Decorate your school’s stairs with colorful stair riser stickers. Encourage students to practice math, ELA, science, foreign languages, or positive affirmations, on their way to class! In our Math & Movement workshops, we ask teachers to calculate how many minutes they spend walking in the hallway to art, PE, music, lunch, etc. Teachers report that their transition time outside of the classroom is 15-30 minutes each day. However, one study found that some first-grade students spend 25% of their day transitioning between class periods. If the average school day is six hours, students could be spending up to an hour and a half transitioning each school day. That’s 270 hours per year they could be reinforcing their understanding of class content! Why not use…
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Math and Music: How Are They Connected?

Math and Music: How Are They Connected?

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Math and Music: How Are They Connected? Teachers are always looking for ways to make math education fun for their students. Whether they use online apps and games or movement-based strategies, they want to present content in an exciting, engaging way. And what’s more exciting and engaging than music? Teachers have begun to integrate math education and music education as a way to spark students’ interest in mathematics. The Overlap Math and music have a lot in common. Both subjects encourage thinking within set structures: math students solve problems within logical frameworks, while music students spend years learning theory to perform. These frameworks help students think systematically about their work. And this connection makes a difference: students who learned math using music improved their modeling, problem-solving, and practical application skills. Mathematical…
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Math Manipulatives in the Classroom

Math Manipulatives in the Classroom

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Math Manipulatives in the Classroom What do blocks, colorful plastic teddy bears, and wooden shapes have in common? They're all math manipulatives! They can certainly make learning math more fun, but do they help students master mathematical concepts? The research points to YES! What Are Math Manipulatives? Math manipulatives are physical objects students can use to better understand abstract math concepts. These tools can serve many different purposes - plastic animals for counting; dice for multiplication; colorful shapes for geometry. Manipulatives help students conceptualize through counting, weighing, measuring, adding, and molding objects. The opportunity to simply see concrete representations of concepts can make all the difference in how well students understand math concepts. How Do They Work? Math is a highly abstract subject, and many students have trouble making sense…
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Colorful Learning Hallways Created at Ithaca School

Colorful Learning Hallways Created at Ithaca School

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Written By Suzy Koontz, Founder and CEO of Math & Movement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_poS2KilfA&feature=youtu.be If you have attended one of my workshops, then you may remember me sharing one of my favorite quotes from my mom, (a retired reading specialist). After teaching thousands of children to read, my mom’s best advice for teaching and learning is, “Abundant Practice at a Level of Comfortable Success.” This wonderful advice from my mom inspired a vision that is now a reality in one school! For years, I have dreamed about words, wonderful words, in hallways for students to jump and practice! We created mats with the Dolch Sight words for this purpose. Setting this up in the hallway allows for a morning exercise program and buddy programs where older students help younger students with sight…
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Holiday Fun Math Games

Holiday Fun Math Games

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Have Some Fun With These Holiday Math Games Deck the Halls, the Holiday Season is Upon Us! Colorful lights fill the neighborhood and delicious food fills our plates. Along with these holiday cheers, comes packed bellies and sleepy minds. As students are headed home for break, teachers can prepare simple math activities for them to share with their parents to keep their minds active over winter break. Active Math Movements are a perfect way to keep children entertained while also promoting healthy bodies and sharp minds. Math incorporated with movement and a sprinkle of holiday games could turn an unproductive break into a productive one! Keeping Kids Sharp During the Holidays Research shows that "students who have done something educational during the break are more energized when they come back…
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December 2019 Teacher Spotlight – Jennifer Coughlin

December 2019 Teacher Spotlight – Jennifer Coughlin

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December 2019 Teacher Spotlight Jennifer Coughlin K-5 Mathematics Coach and 5th/6th Grade Math Specialist George Fisher Middle School, Carmel Central School District, Carmel, NY How long have you been a teacher? I currently am a K-5 Mathematics Coach and 5th/6th grade Math Specialist at George Fisher Middle School in the Carmel Central School District (Carmel, NY). I just started my 24th year teaching. I have also taught kindergarten and third grade. How did you learn about Math & Movement? I learned about Math & Movement when I attended the New York City Mathematics Project Annual Conference last year and Suzy was the keynote speaker. I applied for both the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education and Community Foundations grants and received $7,500. This allowed me to purchase various mats and attend the Math & Movement…
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