Muscle Math Introduction 


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It is important that children know their addition and subtraction math facts. After understanding adding and subtracting numbers by using manipulatives,  children are ready to be drilled on their addition and subtraction facts. Muscle Math is fun way of tieing together athletic challenges with learning math facts. Children are emotional rather than intellectual and explaining that children need to know there math facts is not a way of motivating children to learn their math facts. 
But saying: " Are you strong enough to run back forth five times and then do the math drills? " makes the child feel he is challenged with a fun  physical challenge. The child is challenged into something that is fun and emotional at his or her level.
The child is engaged into fun athletic challenges but at the same time learns addition and subtraction math facts. Suddenly dull homework drill pages become fun and alive and something your child looks forward to doing. So have some fun with you child, it's a great way to grow closer to your child. Each challenge comes with a score sheet for parents to score their child and a  mathematic principal to help the child remember the math fact.
Muscle Math pulls together a class so they can compete equally with each other. Each challenge has two levels. An easy and a hard level. Teachers can assign levels that match abilities in students so students can compete equally with each other. Hard workers are rewarded with personal certificates for completing each level. You can print certificates for each level: Strong Arm Certificate, Wild Horse Certificate, Speed Run Certificate, Gladiator Certificate, All-star Jumper Certificate, Hockey Certificate and Karate Certificate.
Everyone in the class should be displayed on a display board where stickers beside their name indicate the level they have completed. You can print stickers for each level to be used on a class display by printing: Strong Arm Stickers, Wild Horse Stickers, Speed Run Stickers, Gladiator Stickers, All-star Jumper Stickers, Hockey Stickers and Karate Stickers.


Challenge One: Strong Arm: |

Muscle math starts with addition facts using double numbers. Remembering one number doubled, sticks in a mind easily. There is a Strong Arm Easy Sheet and a Strong Arm Difficult Sheet  as well as an Strong Arm Easy Scoring Sheet and a Strong Arm Difficult Scoring Sheet for the parents to score their child.There is also a song you can download to help called Doubles Adding Song Mp3 .

Challenge Two: Wild Horse:

Muscle math next builds on the addition double numbers facts again by taking one away from one of the numbers. There is a Wild Horse Easy Sheet and a Wild Horse Difficult Sheet  as well as an Wild Horse Easy Scoring Sheet and a Wild Horse Difficult Scoring Sheet for the parents to score their child. There is also a song you can download to help called Doubles Minus One Adding Song Mp3

Challenge Three: Speed Runner:

Muscle math next adds with the number ten. The number you add to ten gives you a clue to the answer. There is a Speed Runner Easy Sheet and a Speed Runner Difficult Sheet  as well as an Speed Runner Easy Scoring Sheet and a Speed Runner Difficult Scoring Sheet for the parents to score their child. 

Challenge Four: Gladiator:

Muscle math next builds on adding with 10 to teach subtracting with 10. When you add with the number 10, you can use the answer with one the addition numbers to make a subtraction fact.  There is a Gladiator Easy Sheet and a Gladiator Difficult Sheet  as well as an Gladiator Easy Scoring Sheet and a Gladiator Difficult Scoring Sheet for the parents to score their child.

Challenge Five: All-star Jumper:

When adding with 9, think of the number that is one less than the number you are adding to 9. Then add the word -teen to your answer, eg. 9+7=6teen. (One less than 7 is 6, so the answer is 6teen.)   There is a All-star  Jumper Easy Sheet and a All-star Jumper Difficult Sheet  as well as an All-star Jumper Easy Scoring Sheet and an All-star Jumper Difficult Scoring Sheet for the parents to score their child.

Challenge Six: Hockey:

Muscle math next builds on adding with 9 to teach subtracting with 9. When you add with the number nine, you can use the answer with one the addition numbers to make a subtraction fact.  There is a  Hockey Easy Sheet and a Hockey Difficult Sheet  as well as an Hockey Easy Scoring Sheet and a Hockey Difficult Scoring Sheet for the parents to score their child.

Challenge Seven: Karate:

The answer to addition and subtraction questions can be done by visualizing distances on a number line. Addition is to the right and subtraction is to the left. The number 3 will always be the same distance, so make a small ruler of the distance of three numbers. The student can place this ruler on the number line to solve the question. The same can be done for the number 4. There is a Karate Easy Sheet and a Karate Difficult Sheet  as well as an Karate Easy Scoring Sheet and a Karate Difficult Scoring Sheet for the parents to score their child.