Field Day!
Let’s get moving on some end of the school year's physical challenges!

Today’s Activities

watch and learn

Watch “Miss Nelson Has a Field Day” and fill out this story map to describe the plot elements.

Beanbag Multiplication

First, draw a large chalk 10 by 10 grid on the blacktop or sidewalk. Mark the numbers 1 through 10 along the top and down the left side. Get beanbags (or any other object you can toss safely). Step up and toss your bags at the grid. Wherever the bag lands, that’s the equation you must solve.

For example, if the bag lands on the axis point between 2 and 5, you must multiply 2 x 5 and call out the solution. Challenge family members to play along.

(Source: “A Field Day for Math”,

Egg Drop

Take part in this Science Field Day activity from the San Diego County Office of Education.

Approximate time: 15 minutes

Description: The objective is to protect an egg (from breaking) which will be dropped free fall from a height selected by an adult judge in your family.


  • the package size is no more than 12 cm. X 12 cm.
  • glass and metal may not be used
  • there is no weight limit
  • parachutes may be used
  • packages will be dropped, free fall, at a height selected by the judge

get moving

Participate in a virtual field day by choosing at least 4 events in which to compete.  You can print out this scorecard to keep track of your points. These event cards list the materials you will need to gather before you begin each event. You can find out how to play each event by watching these videos.  Call a friend our two and challenge him or her to see who can earn the most points in an event.

(Source: End of the school year HyperDocs by Lisa Highfill)

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