One of Ms. Rogerson’s first lessons with us was a math review integrated into a PE activity. Yes, you heard right, math and PE combined! It was a great activity filled with Bouncy Ball Madness because you see, that was the problem: an evil gnome (who has since learned the error of his ways) had unleashed the Bouncy Ball Madness virus in our gym and it was up to the students to contain it before it spread. Ms. Rogerson explained tearfully that the gnome, Bijou, had stowed away in her backpack that morning. Thankfully being the jack-of-all trades person that she is, she had previous exterminating experience, so within minutes we had a gym full of certified exterminators that could help eliminate the virus. Their job was difficult and tiring, but they all rose to the challenge.
Goal: eliminate as many small and large virus molecules as possible as a team from their side of the gym and prevent the other team from accumulating extermination points. Points equated fees charged for the extermination process.
Points: 1 point for small bouncy ball extermination pattern (floor-opposite wall-floor); 10 points for large bouncy ball extermination pattern (same as small ball)
After a time limit, students collected bouncy balls and returned them to receive additional points to add (small ones) or for a multiplier of 10 (big ones) on their individual or group scores. As the activity progressed, Ms. Rogerson added in variations that introduced each team to larger and larger numbers. After 4 rounds, students presented their extermination process to the other team to see which group had the most efficient exterminators, how many bonus points were collected, and whether totals were accurately calculated.
This fun and creative activity will definitely be part of Mrs. Braidwood’s collection from now on as well. The variations you can try with it are infinite! And you never know when more mischievous gnomes will appear … but of course if they do, we’ll be ready.