Show Me the Money is a fun warm-up game that incorporates a little math. I used fake bills in $1, $5, $10, $20, and $50 denominations. Each bill had and exercise written on the back such as “complete 20 jumping jacks” or ” do a wall sit for 60 seconds”, etc. Higher value bills equal harder exercises. I laminated mine for extra durability and multiple uses.
I divided the class into groups of 4-5 students per group. An easy way to do this is to space cones around the gym. As the students arrive, I instruct them to sit by a cone with no more than 4 people at a cone. On my signal, one person from each group runs to the money pile and chooses a bill. They return to their group and the entire group completes the listed exercise. Another group member then runs to the pile for another bill. At the end of the designated time, the groups add up their money and see which group has the largest amount.
This was a fun and engaging warm-up activity for my 3rd and 4th grade classes.