Math Activities

Best Practices

Anderson County

Math and Movement has been used with great success in Anderson County Schools (ACS) for the past six years. ACS uses it within the regular classroom, special education /intervention setting and in physical education classes. Through various studies, ACS has found that this program has allowed students to become more fluent in math skills and more successful at remembering math concepts, while simultaneously keeping them active and increasing their physical activity minutes. It fits perfectly into any environment as it presents information and allows students to practice math in all learning modalities. 

Tools and Resources

Math and Movement

  • Math and Movement uses simple and fun exercises to help introduce the fundamentals of arithmetic and early algebra concepts to children of all ages.


  • A collection of math/movement quick activities.

Active Academics

  • Active Academics is a collaborative initiative developed by teachers to provide active classroom solutions. Find activities that fit your classroom needs and help incorporate physical activity throughout the day.

Energizers for School

  • Designed for elementary and middle school, these 10 minute classroom activities tie in academic concepts with physical activity. Activities are also available for after-school programs.


  • GoNoodle helps teachers and parents get kids moving with short interactive activities. Desk-side movement helps kids achieve more by keeping them engaged and motivated throughout the day.


  • Through the integration of movement, nutrition and health with core academic content, TAKE10 promotes physical activity, healthy eating, and learning in a fun and creative way.  With just 10 minutes of classroom-based activity and numerous activities per grade level, TAKE10 integrates reading into physical activity.

SPARKabc’s Classroom and Recess Activity Program

  • Classroom activity solutions brought to you by the world's most researched & field-tested physical education program! Extensive evidence supports the association between school-based physical activity (PA) and academic performance. SPARKabc’s (Activity Break Choices) is an exciting new program that helps classroom teachers use physical activity to improve academic achievement and foster healthy behaviors. Content includes Classroom ASAP’s (Active Soon As Possible) as well as physical activities that support learning standards in Literacy/Language Arts, STEM, Social Studies, Nutrition Education, and the Common Core State Standards Initiative (sample lesson plans).

ABC (Activity Bursts in the Classroom) for Fitness

  • The ABC for Fitness™ program shows schools how to restructure physical activity into multiple, brief episodes of activity into classrooms throughout the day without taking away valuable time for classroom instruction.  ABC for Fitness™ provides a manual with activities aimed toward specific academic areas, including reading.


Research Evidence

The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance

The CDC has found many health benefits of incorporating physical activity into school curricula. Additionally, they have found significant evidence base suggesting a positive association between physical activity and academic performance.

Exploring the Link Between Physical Activity, Fitness and Cognitive Function

The Illinois State Board of Education and Department of Public Health found a positive relationship between physical activity and youth cognitive function and academic achievement.

Physical Activity and Performance at School: A Systematic Review of the Literature Including a Methodological Quality Assessment

Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, this study concludes that physical activity is positively related to children’s academic performance.

Active Education: Growing Evidence on Physical Activity and Academic Performance

Active Living Research finds the greatest cognitive benefits are associated with vigorous, aerobic activities. Students responded to test questions with greater accuracy after engaging in physical activity.

Critical Connections: Health and Academics

Published in the Journal of School Health, this study finds improvement in health behaviors and academic achievement from increases in school-based physical activity, including improved math test scores.