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Pyramid Battle

Posted By: Corey Baxter on January 28, 2010 12:28 AM| Views: 45350
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This is the most effective, innovative, and fun game we use in our physical education class. When we play this game, students come in the gym jumping up and down with excitement. Students leave class sweating with a smile on their face. Academic classroom teachers love to see this game played because it reinforces what they are learning in the Math class. We try to play this game once every 9 weeks to not only polish their math skills, but to also build endurance for the mile run. The game is also flexible to many units. If we are doing this during our basketball unit, we will take the hurdles out and have the students dribble a basketball on their lap. Materials: -15 Hula Hoops, 30 dice, 6 cones, Hurdles, noodle, way to keep score. I have used this game for classes with 20-80 students. It is great for large classes and gets all students involved. This is a game that integrates all 6 National PE Standards with classroom Math standards. I have used this game with grades K-5.

CSimms wrote: on Apr 29, 2012 10:19 AM
I actually played this activity with my high school students as a warm-up. I ran into a few issues so I was wondering if someone could help me out with them. One, I split up the class into two teams but the students were standing around a lot waiting for another team member to compete against. I was wondering if any of you ran into the same issue. I might use Jay's idea of having no teams. My students actually struggled with understanding the rules! I might have to show them the video of kindergarteners completing the same activity!
Dave wrote: on Apr 25, 2012 1:51 PM
Great game! I didn't have enough dice for the game so I had the students play rock, paper, scissors instead and it worked great.
Jay Gustafson wrote: on Mar 20, 2012 11:45 AM
When I played the one adaption I made was NO teams. If you were the champ you grab a rubberband bracelet and put it on your wrist. At the end we see who won. I love it because it gives the nonathlete a chance to be the champion, which is nice!
Jay Gustafson wrote: on Mar 20, 2012 11:44 AM
When I played the one adaption I made was NO teams. If you were the champ you grab a rubberband bracelet and put it on your wrist. At the end we see who won. I love it because it gives the nonathlete a chance to be the champion, which is nice!
Jay Gustafson wrote: on Mar 20, 2012 11:24 AM
Jeff. I played it with that many hoops too and it did work great. We are in the tumbling unit so after they were eleminated as a part of their lap around the gym I had 2 stations. A forward roll and a cartwheel station. Those two lines got backed up so we actually made a boy and girl mat for the two stations. I love this game and will play it a lot!
Jeff Wascavage wrote: on Mar 19, 2012 7:45 PM
Jay I tried it today and had 8 hoops in the first row, 4 in the second row, 2 in the third row and one hoop in the last row. I figured 16 students play in first round, then those 8 winners play in row 2, then the 4 winners in row 3 and finally the 2 winners in the last row. It worked out very well. I also had an obstacle course the kids had to run through when they lost at one of the hoops. My classes loved it. Thanks again Corey!
Jay Gustafson wrote: on Mar 14, 2012 8:34 AM
I added this to my favorites. I forgot the name of it and had to start a discusion to find it. :)
Jay Gustafson wrote: on Mar 14, 2012 8:33 AM
Great game. I just bought my dice and will give this game a try in a couple of days. I see the pyramid starts with 5 hula hoops then 4, then 3... I may start with 6-7 hoops to lessen the waiting line. I'll have close to 50 kids playing. Any opinions on how many hoops works best for a class that size?
Leah wrote: on Feb 08, 2012 2:30 PM
This looks like a great game! Can't wait to try it :)
Barb Selvey wrote: on Jan 23, 2012 4:17 PM
Today, in my grade 1 and 2, the students had been doing the Pyramid Battle (Olympic Pyramid Challenge) as described. With 10 minutes left in the activity, I said 3,2,1 Freeze! I then switched the rules so that the lower number got to move up the pyramid and the higher number got to run the Olympic lap. ALSO...the person who rolled the lower number had to do that many jumping jacks before heading up to the next level. Worked awesome!!! Lastly, Dice in Dice is a product I got (google it!) to use with this activity - especially if you are incorporating the addition/subtraction/multiplication/division in this. 72 Dice come in a jug for about $14-$19. The dice are colorful, transparent, and have a small white die inside the bigger transparent die making it easy to roll one die, but really be rolling 2 to easily incorporate the math!!! Have fun!!!
Barb Selvey wrote: on Jan 23, 2012 4:15 PM
It also seemed to help, when teaching this activity, if I asked them when a person got a higher number on the dice did it mean that that person is "better" or "faster" or "stronger"? (NO!) And if a person gets the lower number does that mean that that person is "not as good", or a "loser"? (NO!) The dice are a "chance thing" that makes the activity exciting because anything can happen! I also tried to put a positive spin on the fitness lap and said, "If your number is lower, you get to train for the Olympics, you get to run the Olympic obstacle course and make your heart stronger!!!" I even thought about having them make a mark on a poster if they completed a lap and see how many laps as a class they could do, again putting the positive spin on the lap.At the top of the pyramid, I encountered some confusion with younger ones making too many tally marks if they did win the roll. Most understood to make one tally mark, but one in one class, when I saw there were several tally marks on th
Barb Selvey wrote: on Jan 23, 2012 4:12 PM
In response to the questions about if 2 people from the same team face each other at a hoop, I worried about that too, and at first I said the students had to wait until someone from the opposite team before they could roll the dice. I quickly realized it really didn't matter if 2 students from opposite teams or 2 students from same teams versed each other, in fact at the top of the pyramid it kind of took some of the pressure off if 2 from the same team were versing each other because they knew their "team" would get a point either way no matter who won the roll, it just was a matter of which student would run the fitness lap (Olympic training lap) or not. Secondly, it helped my students quite a bit when I taught this in 2 parts. I taught them the fitness lap FIRST before even mentioning the hoop pyramid or the dice rolling concepts. After a few students demonstrated the fitness lap all students got up and did the fitness lap 3 times - this got their initial energy out and helped th
GSGators wrote: on Nov 01, 2011 11:40 AM
Corey,This would be a great game to play at my family P.E. night coming up! Thanks for sharing. Would you mind also sending me the diagram and written instructions? My e-mail is kurmangs@olatheschools.org. Also, what happens if wo people from the same team meet in the end? Do they wait for someone from the other team? Thanks!
dhatch wrote: on Sep 26, 2011 11:14 AM
Great activity, but I have a couple questions. If two people from the same team meet in the end , do you just let them both go and give a point to that team? Once you win do you go run a lap or stay?Dhatch@nodawayvalley.org
Jeff Wascavage wrote: on Sep 09, 2011 9:28 AM
This game looks great! I can't wait to try it with my classes.
Dan K wrote: on May 12, 2011 9:50 AM
Seriously, this is the best game ever. It makes all of the kids and teachers/administrators happy... and they leave the gym sweaty. I used it in all grades K-5 and will definitely modify it for other units as well. This game deserves an award! Thank you for sharing.
Mike F. wrote: on May 11, 2011 12:20 PM
Game worked great finally got to play kids loved it. 1st and 2nd graders
janasimmons wrote: on May 11, 2011 8:20 AM
Could you send me the set-up picture and written instructions? I can't wait to play this game with my large classes! jana.simmons@birdvilleschools.net
ST wrote: on May 09, 2011 9:51 AM
Would you mind sending me the picture and rules as well? Thanks so much!sara.maschoff@slcschools.org
Mike F. wrote: on May 04, 2011 1:40 PM
Was watching your video online for pyramid battle and i thought the game looked really great. I have do have a question or two if you dont mind. Maybe im just not seeing it and they are dumb questions but i am just a bit confused.If you have boys vs girls or team vs team, when they face off at all of the hula hoops does it have to be a girl vs boy battle or can it be boy vs boy and so on. Also when they leave the red level for example they have five winners but only four blue hoops. Does the fifth person just wait for a hoop to be open and then wait for an opponent to join them. Finally when they get to the championship if there are two girls there do they wait for a boy to arrive to do the championship round??.....I hope i didnt confuse you hopefully i explained it ok.
Susan N. Burmeister wrote: on Apr 14, 2011 10:54 AM
My students had a blast with this game; boy what a great workout, especially on a rainy day! Thanks for sharing this activity.
Todd Wing wrote: on Apr 11, 2011 10:11 AM
Played this game with my 4th and 5th graders today. As a teacher I thought that this was a great concept but it totally blew my mind how much my students got into this game!!!! With groups of 22-25 students I used 10 hula hoops total (4 on the base -3-2-1). Instead of running a full lap I had students run to the opposite end of the gym, touch the wall, then return to the beginning. Great game!!!!!
Terri Donlea wrote: on Feb 23, 2011 5:28 PM
I also used this with my 3rd-5th grade kids today using multiplication and they loved it too!!
Terri Donlea wrote: on Feb 17, 2011 8:20 PM
Just tried this with Kinders and 1st grade (uasing the greater than or less than element). Kindergarten had a little trouble with knowing where to go, (but that could have been the explanation). 1st grade knocked it out of the park! They loved it and they were ringing wet! 2nd grade is on their way in and I can't wait to add addition to the game. Thank you for this great activity!!!
Jayson Bublitz wrote: on Jan 11, 2011 5:44 PM
We recently tried this game with our 3rd-5th students and they LOVED it! We have between 70 and 85 kids in the gym at a time and this game ROCKS! They loved it so much that we tried it with K-2, and they also loved it. It is the perfect game for a large group, and it's a great equalizer for those students who aren't the best athletes. Anybody can win! Great game.
Asa McMahon wrote: on Dec 29, 2010 7:02 PM
Wow Corey. This game looks like a lot of fun. I love the math integration. I imagine sometimes two players from the same team play against eachother in the championship round. When that happens, it's probably not a big deal right?? Also, can you please send me the pic as well. I think it will be helpful when explaining the lesson. My email is asamcmahon@gmail.com Thank you so much and happy holidays!
Matt Carpenter wrote: on Dec 06, 2010 1:41 PM
Corey, That game is awesome. Can you send me that pic, Also how did you create it. What program did you use. Mcarpenter@newark.k12.ny.us thanks Matt
Craig Van Demark wrote: on Oct 08, 2010 5:08 PM
Sorry Corey I forget to post my email. cvandema@yahoo.com
Craig Van Demark wrote: on Oct 08, 2010 4:06 PM
Corey, What a great game! I am anxious to try it with my elementary students. I would also be interested in the basic rules and or a picture if you have one. Thanks Corey! Craig
Lauri Irby wrote: on Aug 18, 2010 8:37 PM
Looks like a blast! I can't wait to use it! Could you send me the basic rules
Kathy Stoudt wrote: on Jun 11, 2010 7:17 PM
Corey, Looks like a great game. I'm going to try it and was wondering if you can send me the picture too. My email is krstoudt@ccps.org. Thanks! Kathy
Bonnie Petty wrote: on Apr 07, 2010 11:45 PM
Great game. Kids loved it. It should have made the finals for sure.
Scott McDowell wrote: on Apr 05, 2010 1:24 AM
Robert Campbell wrote: on Feb 26, 2010 4:55 PM
Awesome activity! My students love it!
Corey Baxter wrote: on Feb 19, 2010 1:00 PM
Glad it went well for you all. Joe... check your inbox.
Joe Weaver wrote: on Feb 19, 2010 12:55 AM
It was a success in my gym too today!
Jill Walter wrote: on Feb 18, 2010 6:42 PM
Played this game today with 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders. They loved it!!! Thank you so much for posting!!
Joe Weaver wrote: on Feb 18, 2010 2:16 AM
Corey... Im trying it tomorrow! Do you have that picture on a file you could email so I can keep for setup each time we play? j_weaver07@yahoo.com Thanks for posting!!
Chance Hicks wrote: on Feb 02, 2010 4:57 PM
I just tried out your gym today. The kids loved it. It got the ones who dont normally get involved excited because they were so strong with their multiplication! Great game!
Corey Baxter wrote: on Feb 02, 2010 3:29 AM
Thanks... I appreciate it. Let me know how it goes.
Shannon Jarvis Irwin wrote: on Feb 02, 2010 2:07 AM
Corey Great Game!!! I can't wait to try it. I love your gym by the way. It's so large!
coachmullen wrote: on Jan 18, 2017 10:21 AM
I am going to try the activity this Friday. But, would like to have a set of written instructions. Could you send me a copy? Terry Mullen Criss Elementary School 2800 22nd Street Parkersburg, WV 26101 tmullen@k12.wv.us
mushu wrote: on Feb 27, 2017 2:27 PM
corey, great game. just used it in class today! very active! made a change to the team version. kids got bottle-necked! when they reached the big dice that is when we make it boy vs. girl or grade level vs. grade level to eliminate the bottle-necking! Thanks!
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