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Friday, September 19, 2014

Musical Chairs with Task Cards

Musical Chairs with Task Cards, movement in math, math games, task cards

Did you ever enjoy playing Musical Chairs when you were younger? I know I did! My own kids, niece, and nephews loved playing at Nana's fall parties.
Musical Chairs with Task Cards, movement in math, math games, task cards

I figured that my students would enjoy playing as well. 
Musical Chairs with Task Cards, movement in math, math games, task cards

1) It's something they haven't done for a long time or have never done. 
2) They get to listen to music and move.
Musical Chairs with Task Cards, movement in math, math games, task cards

1) Set up your chairs in a circle or back to back like in birthday party musical chairs.
2) Have one chair for everyone and put a task card under each seat.
3) Give students a clipboard and recording sheet.
4) Students stand by a chair, you start the music, and the kids start moving around the chairs.
5) When you stop the music, students take a seat, get the card that goes with that seat, and answer the question on their recording sheet.
6) Keep repeating until time is up.
Musical Chairs with Task Cards, movement in math, math games, task cards

* You can take one chair away each round for a little more competition.
* Give some basic rules such as only one person per chair and no sitting on laps.
* Students will end up with a card they have already completed. I tell them to trade with a neighbor or if it's a card where the numbers can change (ex: ask a female for 3 numbers) they can do that card again. I have small classes so I will also trade a card since I have leftovers.
* You can use any set of task cards for this activity.
* I use Pandora for the music. I set up a variety of stations (70's music, 80's music, country, salsa, tango, etc) and rotate them.

Last year's kiddos playing Musical Chairs.
Musical Chairs with Task Cards, movement in math, math games, task cards

Musical Chairs with Task Cards, movement in math, math games, task cards

My students enjoy this game. They tell me, "It's better than a worksheet!"

Grab any set of task cards, find some music, and round up the chairs. 

14 comments:

  1. Pure genius! I've never thought to do Musical Chairs for task cards.

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    1. My kiddos love playing. Of course they get excited if they know the song I'm playing. They don't mind the salsa music either. :)

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  2. What a great idea!!! The students need these kinds of structured breaks!!!
    scheinbere@hotmail.com

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    1. Definitely a fun break from routine for them!

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  3. What a great idea to get the students up and moving while learning!

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    1. Thanks. I really feel like kiddos need to move. They are so wiggly sometimes. :)

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  4. What a fun way to get students interested in math.

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  5. This sounds like a lot of fun! I'll have to try it out with my kids.

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    1. I hope they enjoy it as much as mine do. :)

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  6. Oh this is a SUPER idea! Thank you for sharing!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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    1. Glad you think so! It's something my kids ask to play. :)

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  7. This sounds like a great idea to include movement and engagement in the classroom! As well as music! So cross-curricular :)

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    1. The students are definitely engaged. We generally don't have any problems on musical chairs day.

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