Using numbered spots and bean bags to visually record times in running
As we are moving into our Athletics unit, I created an activity that helps students to grasp the idea of recording times in running and is an excellent maths integration task. Using numbered spots and bean bags, I had the students race across the gym and back while I used my iPhone to record their times.
I then had the students choose the correct numbered dots to post the time along with a bean bag to be used to visually record the time to the nearest decimal point. See the photo above to get an idea of what this looks like. During the class we posted the top three times which required the students to have to shift times around accordingly. Excellent maths integration that really connects with running in Athletics. Check out the video below to see the discussion that I had with my students and to see them actually post the times.
To differentiate and simply for my grade 1 students, I did the same activity, but did not include the decimal point. Decimal points aren't generally introduced until grade 3. For the grade 1 students, I had them simply post the time, but they still had to figure out how to position the times based on the fastest, second fastest and third fastest times. Have a look at the photos below to see what it looked like in grade 1.