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Math Musical Chairs

Date: June 23, 2015

Class: KIN 355
Grade Level:(4th/5th grade)
Targeted NASPE Standard(s):
Standards # 1, 2, 4

Teacher: Maria Siciliano

School: MSU
Equipment Used: Index cards with equations
and phone for music (cup to make it louder if no

Specific Objective: Children will perfect their fundamental math skills while
experiencing a time limit to complete work in a relaxed environment and then will
practice self evaluation
Concomitant Objective: Students will stay physically active
Procedures Followed
Warm Up: After we review mathematical procedures the
children will do 5 jumping jacks and 5 stationary hops





Transition: After the children are done with their warm

up they will go and find a partner and get into position for
the game.
Set Induction: The competition aspect will grasp
attention, plus the students feel like they get to grade
Learnable Piece: Children will be able to practice and
complete 4 different types of math problems with a time
limit and then will be able to evaluate their own work.

Presentation of New Material/Directions: Go through

the PowerPoint with children to go over the review of
math problems and explain rules and safety. Children
will continue to safely walk around the classroom until
the music stops and then with a partner they will quickly
complete the math problem on a surface by them and
compare and score their answers based on the correct
answer on the back
Transition: Students are basically into position but after
___30__ the warm up they will go to the outlined game area and
wait for the game to begin.


Activity: Math Musical chairs will take place in the

classroom and go around the outer edge of the room.
Students will know when to go (Music begins) and when
to stop (when music stops)

Cards will be
set up
around room,
and phone/
computer will
be in the



Possible Modifications: If too easy, shorten time to do

the math problem or make more challenging math
If too hard, give more time to do math problems or give
two problems at different difficulty levels (color coded)
and tell students which color to go to so students at a
lower level can be paired with a higher level and they
can receive more help.
Lesson Review: When the game is over have everyone
stop where they are and then have students give you
and example of what was easier or harder for them and
then explain that if it was easier that means you know it
pretty well, probably wont have to study it as much and
if it was harder then that might be what you focus more
on when studying.

Notes: Song: Changes by Faul Wad, back up song Out of My League by Fitz
& The Tantrums