Gross Motor: Measuring the Lines

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Posted on Aug 30 2014 - 1:00am by Cassie
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The summer is coming to an end and but there is still time to get outside for some sidewalk chalk fun! We have a lot of fun during the year waiting for the bus and play a game of walking the lines. I follow her lead around the lines. At the end of the school year we did a few things differently. We change it from walking to measuring the lines with our feet. We did this several different ways. It make this gross motor activity also a math learning activity.

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This activity could be used with any of the Line activities that I have done or create your own. We used the lines we have in a parking lot. We use them for gross motor often. There are many different ways to walk around them. You can make it as simple or complex as you want to do it.

I will show you three ways that we have used them. First we walk all the lines like we normally do. This is our simple gross motor activity. Just walking the lines and keeping your feet on the line and not walking off. Here are three walking gross motor patterns that we use.

  1. Walk up and down the big outside lines
  2. Walk up one side and turn the corner, every time you come to a new line you turn onto that line. At the top turn and repeat on the way down.
  3. Walk up a big line find a small in and go around to complete a box on the lines and then start up the same line again and repeat at the next line.

Any of these gross motor activities could be done hopping skipping or running.

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After we have done this for a while we switch up the walking and start measuring our steps with our feet. How many steps does it take to do pattern #1. The start on one side and count their normal size steps as they walk the pattern. After they are complete have them tell you how many steps. Write down the information on a piece of paper.

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Repeat the actions above but take BIG steps. Encourage them to step as far as they can. When they are done total up how many steps they took. Compare the first walk to the second big step walk. What is the difference in the measurements?

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The last way you measure the lines is with small gross motor steps. You put one foot right in front of the other foot. This steps are as small as you can get it. Show them putting one foot in front of the other with no space so they can see what they are doing.

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One you have done all three compare the steps with the same pattern make sure to write them down or remember them. Write on a piece of paper:

  • Walking
  • Big Steps
  • Small Steps

After you have your numbers compare them by asking a few questions. The Questions below can be changed up these are just a few questions you can ask. You can always take the questions and put them on paper for some math word problems.

  • How many more walking steps than big steps
  • What is the difference between them small steps and walking steps?
  • How many steps did you take on all three times?
  • How many steps were there in the small step and big step?
  • Write the numbers in order from biggest to smallest.
  • Write the numbers in order from smallest to biggest
  • Which walk was the fastest?
  • Which walk was the slowest?
  • Which trip through was the most fun?

Some additional ideas for this activity are:

  • Take a tape measure and measure the lines to find how many inches it is.
  • Do the activity walking backwards.
  • Do the activity walking sideways.
  • Try some different animal walks: Bear (count all hand and feet movements), rabbit or frog (where hands and feet land as 1 step), crab (count all hand and feet movements), and dog or cat (count all hand and feet movements)

Get out and do some gross motor and some measuring with your feet!

Check out these other Gross motor Line Posts that you can use with the measuring the lines:

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