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The Ladders Game!

Target Grade:2-5
Target English: Any Sums or Questions

This game can get quite dangerous, so its best to do it in the gym rather than the classroom!!!

1. Review all the sums you intend to use.

2. Have the students make two lines

3. Tell them to turn so that the two lines are facing each other.

4. Have them sit down, with their legs outstretched in front of them. with their feet touching the feet of the person in front of them (check whether this is culturally acceptable in the country you are teaching in!) They have now made a "ladder" and their feet are the "rungs" of the ladder.

5. Assign each pair of students a number. They don't have to be sequential, but it helps to keep things simple.

6. You then read our some sums.

7. The students listen. If the answer is their number they have to...



a) stand up
2) run down the middle of the ladder, over the "rungs" towards the "top" of the ladder (into the screen in this case)
c) come back down the outside of the ladder (from the top to the bottom)
d) From the bottom go back up the rungs to reach their own place.
e) sit down in their own seat.

8. The fastest student gets one point for his or her team!

9. Continue and repeat from step 6.

This game is also called " Chinese ladders". It can also be a bit difficult to explain using only words, so its best to act out what the kids have to do yourself beforehand!

If you have more than 20 students then consider having 2 ladders of 16 students each. If you have an odd number of kids then get their teacher to join in!!

For more fun (and danger!) try saying several sums at once!!


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