The Final Countdown

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Posted by mrsbarnes | Posted in Addition, Decimals, Fractions, Number, Subtraction | Posted on December 3, 2014

This is a great, quick activity to get the learners into the mood for maths! You will need to play the song “The Final Countdown” by Europe to set the tone. (Air guitaring is acceptable and encouraged!) Learners work in their maths books, dating in the margin to allow teachers to track improvement over time. The teacher gives the class a starting point and tell them what they are counting by. (For example, starting at 0, count forward by 10s.) Students then have a set time (I usually give 2 minutes) to count as far as they can. At the end of the time they all stand up, start at the beginning point and count aloud together. When learners get to their finishing point they sit down.

To mix it up  you can start at different points, count forwards or backwards and  change the number you are counting by. You could even get the learners counting using fractions or decimals!

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