Math in Motion (Video and PDFs)

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Today I would like to share a classroom activity which I call Math in Motion.  This activity provides a rich opportunity for formative assessment, differentiation, practice, and instruction.  See the video below as well as the links to download the math in motion pages.  I hope this idea will become a powerful practice in your classroom!




 The math in motion templates can be downloaded here.

6 work space template

8 work space template

12 work space template

16 work space template

20 work space template

24 work space template


You may also be interested in downloading these other free instructional resources.

The Number Concept Map (video and PDF)

Math Imposter Sets (video and PDF)

The Green Light Hundreds Chart

The Animated Multiplication Table


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  1. Ann on September 22, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    I love this idea! Thanks for sharing, and for the resources. Quick question — how do you have students indicate whether their answer #8, for example, is the blue or green #8 (if they are allowed to mix and match)?

  2. Eliza Thomas on March 7, 2015 at 8:41 am

    OMG, I love this idea on so many levels!!! Cannot wait to try and then share!!!

    • on March 7, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Excellent! You are motivating me to write more posts! Thank you for this feedback. Enjoy the activity. You will learn an amazing amount of information about where your students are at in their learning.

    • on March 7, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Also, thank you for sharing it! Let’s keep these good ideas moving around!

  3. Kendra Carlson on March 1, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks for these great ideas! I will be able to use this idea in my classroom this week! Can’t wait to try it!!! Thanks for sharing!

    • on March 1, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      Excellent! I would love to hear how it goes, Kendra!

  4. Jo Prestia on February 28, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Great post Steve,
    It can even be extended into literacy ideas perhaps with developing characters, plot, idea or using them as writing prompts where students chose a number of cards and develop a narrative. Will be directing my workshop participants to your site. Thanks for sharing your awesome idea!

    • on March 1, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      Jo, I cannot tell you how happy I am that you are discussing extending this into literacy. I was thinking through that very concept, and am happy that you pinned it down with some specific ideas and examples. That is an excellent idea and I would love to hear about any experiences that you have with it.

  5. Stephanie Knapp on February 28, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Great post, Steve! Can’t wait to give this a try. :). I’m really enjoying your blog!

    • on February 28, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks, Stephanie! It’s great to hear from you! I hope you are doing well. Thanks, again for the blog feedback. I’ll be posting more when I find time.

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