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**Minutes from ME**

I watched the Olympic Games on TV and saw those great athletes who had exercised their muscles and practiced so long to be good enough to join in the Olympic Games.

Did you notice that the winners were always decided by COUNTING something? For runners and swimmers TIME was counted, for gymnasts and divers STYLE POINTS were counted, for jumpers and throwers DISTANCE was counted, and so on...

(Which quality was measured for cyclists, rowers, boxers, weight lifters, wrestlers, ........?)

I'm thinking now that it would be a good thing to do some games and exercising using my own COUNTING MUSCLES, during the summer vacation these muscles have been resting and I'd like to get them back up to speed for school in September. This is also a good game for boring times like long car rides and waiting in line.

Here's my **COUNTING MUSCLES EXERCISE PLAN:**

(You can choose any starting level you wish.)

**KINDERGARTEN, FIRST
GRADE, SECOND GRADE OR THIRD GRADE.**

**KINDERGARTEN**

1. How many tails on a dog?

2. How many eyes has a cat?

3. How many points on a triangle?

4. How many legs on a horse?

**FIRST GRADE**

1. How many toes do you have?

2. How many feet do four children have?

3. How many wheels on a six-wheeler truck?

4. How many sides on a rectangle?

Can you tell what the next answer will be? Can you make
your own question for it?

**SECOND GRADE**

1. How many rings on the Olympic flag?

2. What is the number of Billy Goats Gruff PLUS the troll?

3. How many beds did Goldilocks sleep in?

4. How many of each animal went into Noah's Ark?

Can you tell what the next answer will be?
Can you make your own question for it?

**THIRD GRADE**

1. How many letters
in OLYMPIC GAMES, PLUS the number of letters in ME?

2. How many corners on a STOP sign PLUS two?

3. In the story, how many musketeers TIMES two?

4. In the story, how many dalmatians MINUS 99?

Next Answer?

**Some
Exercises made up by Third Grade friends of
mine**

**From Kevin & David:**

1. The number of home
plates on a baseball field PLUS the number of fielding team
players is ........................................10

2. Two TIMES the fingers on one hand MINUS one
is...................................................9

3. The Number of shoes on four people
is...............................................8

4. The number of eyes
you have TIMES the number of ears you have PLUS three
is................. 7

Next Answer?

**From Kristen & Blake:**

1. The number of months in a year
MINUS the number of Snow White's dwarfs if five leave home
is ...........................10

2. The number of days
in a week MINUS one PLUS the number of eyes you have is
.............8

3. The number of legs
on a ladybug is .................... 6

4. HALF the number of
tentacles on an octopus is...............4

**From Dana & Madeline:**

1. The number of
wheels on a car (remember steering!) PLUS the number of
months in a year PLUS the number of pigs who built houses of
hay, sticks and bricks is ................................20

2. The number of
stripes on the American flag PLUS the minutes in a half an
hour MINUS how old you have
to be to drive MINUS the number of eyes on one person
is........................25

3. The number of
points on a star TIMES two, then TIMES that by the number of
corners on a triangle is ...................... 30

Next Answer?