Equipment needed: "Marvin K Mooney Will You Please Go Now" by Dr.
Pencil and Paper
Students should be split into teams of four or five per team. Each
team should line up behind a hula hoop with another hoop about ten
yards in front of them. Students should sit in line with the first
person in line inside the hula hoop. The first person in line has one
bean bag in their hand. The teacher, or a chosen student will read
the book aloud. Each time the students hear the word "GO", they run
to the hula hoop in front of them, place the bean bag inside the hoop
and run back to the end of their team line. The next student will
retrieve the bean bag on the word "GO" and bring it back to the first
hoop. At the back of each line should be one sheet of paper and a
pencil where the finishing student places one tally mark each time
they go to the end. After the book has been finished, one student
from each team should count their tally marks. Then the class will go
through the book and count the number of times the word "GO"² appears.
The winning team is that which matches its tally marks to the number
of times the word "GO"² is read. (The word is read 38 times) I use
this activity for grades 1-4 and the students really loved it. I
really liked that it integrates listening and math skills.
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