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This activity is ideal for elementary age kids in grades 1-4.
Students learn to keep a steady beat in a fun-filled activity, while drilling their math facts. This lesson is designed to fulfill Standard #7 of the National Standards for Music: Evaluating music and music performances.
Tell students, "Let's play a game. This game is called Touchdown because you have to touch a certain number of body parts to the floor to show the answer for a math problem."
Tell students, "During this game you will have to march to a steady beat. Sometimes I will play a beat on the drum at a slow tempo. Sometimes I will play a beat at a fast tempo. When I begin to play a steady beat on the drum, I would like for you to listen to the tempo, and then begin marching around the room to the beat. Let's have everyone stand up." Try several different tempos.
Tell students, "It looks like you are ready to learn the rules for the game. As I told you before, because you have to touch a certain number of body parts to the floor to show the answer for a math problem. If I asked you to show me 2 + 2 you would first say the answer out loud, and then touch 4 body parts to the floor. To show 4 you can use two feet and two hands - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4. (Demonstrate). Let's try an addition problem with bigger numbers - 3 + 7. For this one your hand is no longer counted as one. Instead, you will count each of your fingers as one, giving you up to ten body parts on your hands. To show 10 you can use two feet, your seat, two elbows and five fingers - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10. (Demonstrate)"
Tell students, "We're ready to play. Let's have everyone stand up. When you hear the drum, figure out how fast or slow the tempo is and then begin to march around the room." Play 12-18 beats on the drum and stop. Call out a math fact. Wait for the answer. Play again.
This game is fun for about 7-8 rounds. On the last round, ask the students to add 0 + 0. It's fun to see how creative they are in trying to touchdown zero! If they are not sure what to do, start jumping up and down.
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