I've been following Malke's blog Math in Your Feet for quite a while. She teaches math through dance, drawing off her extensive background in percussive dance. Reading her blog has given me new ideas in regards to math education, so when this ladder was laid on the floor during the older kids tennis practice, we couldn't resist playing and making math patterns.
We started by taking turns creating simple foot patterns, and then progressed into more difficult patterns.
Here are some of the patterns we created:
1. Step with one foot in each square alternating feet
2. Step into each square with two feet
3. Jump with two feet in each square
4. Step forward, step forward, step backward - step forward, step forward, step backward
5. Jump and rotate 180 degrees turning to the right into the first square, jump and rotate 180 degrees turning to the left into the next square
6. Jump inside a square, jump with legs split outside the next square
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