Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Math Facts Race!

Spring Break is a fabulous thing! I hope that everyone either had or is having a wonderful break!

My team and I have found that this group of second graders are very competitive! I came up with this game (using water bottle caps of course) that my competitive kids will love! Students will use a timer, they will set the timer for one minute or two minutes and see how many math facts they can find and record during that time. They can race against a friend or just race against themselves trying to get more math facts in a smaller amount of time. They can do addition or subtraction! Another way to do it would be to use a stopwatch and have students see how long it takes them to come up with the 30 facts and then see if they can beat their own score over time. This would work great as a fast finisher for high students or as extra math practice for those students who struggle. All the students in between will love it too!

I made up the addition and subtraction recording forms. They can be found here : )


  1. Pinned this! Love the simplicity of the idea. Thanks for sharing!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

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    2. Exchanging postcards would be great! I'm sure my students would love that! If you e-mail your school address to katrinap89@gmail.com we will send a postcard your way!

  2. Love this! I am trying out some new things for my math block this coming fall, and I am excited to add this to it. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is a great idea I will be saving caps this summer. Appreciate the free printable too.

  4. I am going to make this for my third and fourth graders. I am also going to add some basic multiplication and division facts. Thanks for the tip.

  5. LOVE this green, math idea! I'll be sharing at my FB. Thanks for sharing, and I am now following!

    The Green Classroom

  6. Thanks for the great idea! I have all of my family saving bottle caps for me now! :) Do you happen to have the printable for multiplication, too? I can make one but thought I'd ask you first.

  7. You're Welcome! I don't have a multiplication recording sheet, sorry.

  8. How do you have a race? Are the same 2 kids using the numbers at the same time? DOes one go first and the other 2nd, and if that is the case, won't they see the equations the first person made. I love the idea but would like some input on the best way to do it.

  9. Which numbers are you using for the bottle caps? How many sets of each number? Do you have an answer key for the facts so the students can check their work?

  10. Similar to "Anonymous" I too am curious about the nuts and bolts of how to play. And what you found to be successful in setting up the game, like how many bottle caps? what number range? did you have repeats of any numbers? etc.

    Thanks for the recording sheet. I love the accountability it provides.


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  12. I love it and the accountability.

  13. Love it and the creativity