Before beginning any Move-it-Math activities it is important to clarify the expectations with the students.
This is how I do it...
Before we begin our Move-it-Math activity, let's work together to clarify my expectations and your responsibilities. Take a moment to think about the differences between recess and P.E. (Wait for 30 seconds or so before contibuing.) In a moment, I am going to give an opportunity to discuss your ideas with your table partners. After that, I will ask each table to share one idea as I write our ideas on the board. (Write "Ideas" on the board.) You may discuss your ideas with your table partners now. (Give the students about one minute for discussion.)
(At least one group always comes up with this important difference between recess and P.E.)
"During recess you get to choose what you want to play, but in P.E. you have to listen to the directions for the activity and play by the rules."
(After getting something like that from the students, ask them if they think Move-it-Math activities are more like recess or P.E. They are always enthusiastic to figure it out for themselves that Move-it-Math is more like P.E. than recess.)
Okay, now that we have established that Move-it-Math activities are like P.E. and not like recess, let's clarify my expectations and your responsibilities.
My expectations: I expect you to listen carefully to the instructions and to make safe and responsible choices.
Student responsibilities: I will listen carefully to the instructions and will follow them. I will make safe and responsible choices. I will respect the equipment and use it safely. I will respect and encourage my classmates. I will do my best!