Math Lesson plans

Theme:  The Five Ring Circus.

Teacher is the “ringmaster” and costuming is encouraged.

Math Clowns

Materials needed:

Papers, pencils, prepared problems, adult-size clothing (pants, shirts, shoes, hats), two desks. (optional)

Area: open area.

Introduction: A clown got caught up in the cotton candy line and is running late! He needs to rush to get his costume on! Explain to the students the game and tell them to encourage their teammates!

Activity

1) Relay Race. The students stand in two lines. When the teacher says go, the first students in line run to the ringmaster. She gives them problems they work out on the paper. When she says that it is correct, they put on the clown costumes and then run back to the line. When they get to the line, they take off the costume and give it to the next person in line. They put on the costume and run to the teacher, work out a problem take off their costume and run back to the next person in line and tag them. Have the students go to the back of the line and sit down. Continue this until all students have had a turn. If time allows, have the students mix up their lines. (1) (3)

Variations:

1)      Have students work as a team to dress up the teacher. They still take turns running to the teacher, but for this variation, the students takes a paper with a problem on it, take it back to the group, the group works out the problem and then submits it to the teacher. If they get the problem right, they get to pick a piece of costume for the teacher to wear.

2)      Give the students more of an obstacle course rather than just having them running back and forth. For example give them scooters and have them weave in and out of cones.

3)      Let all of the students demonstrate the problem. This would be best for word problems. For example if there are three clowns and two go on stage, how many stay in the green room? The students would demonstrate that problem. They all have the option of dressing up and there will be plenty of props.

TEKS

Math 3:A, 5:A, 6:A, 6:B 6:C, 7:APE 1:A, 3:A, 6:A, 6:B Materials needed: Two different sets of colored cones, paper with problems, paper with answers Area: gym  Introduction: The clowns have messed up again! They have misplaced all of their props! Please help them by putting all of their props back together. Explain to them the game. ActivityTwo different sets of colored cones (for example red and yellow) are placed randomly around the playing area of the gym. In the red cones, a set of problems, in the yellow cones are the answers. The students will be split into three teams. One student from each team will be picked to collect as many cones they can get within the time limit. They will go look at the problems in the red cones and than match it to the answers in the yellow cones. The team with the most pairs wins. The teams will be split up as equally as possible based on skill level.  (2) (6)(10)  Variations:1)      Make this more of a memory game. The students aren’t split into teams but each student takes a turn of picking a red cone and then a yellow cone. If they find a match they get to keep it. If they did not find a match, they have to put the cones back.

2)      Put similar movements on the red cone and yellow cones. For example if the red cone’s problem is 2+2= ? the movement would be “this animal is slow and has a shell.” The match would be a yellow cone that says four on it and the movement would say “walk like a turtle.”

3)      Have the class go at once. This could potentially have children fighting so it would be ideal for a small class.

TEKS

Math: 3:A, 5:A, 6:A, 6:B 6:C, 7:A

PE: 1:A, 3:A, 6:A, 6:B