Kung Fu Math

Kung Fu math is a practical math activity for reinforcing mathematical vocabulary.  It can be carried out in a classroom or outside, standing up or sitting down. This is a type of whole brain learning technique that involves kinestical learning, it involves the four symbols of multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction.

It involves four actions:
Arms crossed, one horizontally and the other vertical represents addition
One arm placed horizontally represents subtraction
Arms crossed diagonally are for multiplication.
Finally, one arm placed horizontally and then the other arm 'punching' once above and once below shows division.

I use this in the classroom and have the students act out the symbols slowly like someone who is practicing karate would.


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