Teaching Maths with the Amazing Race

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I played the Amazing Race with my students just the other day. It’s something I’ve been doing for a little while now. I didn’t realise how powerful it was until I had kids, who generally aren’t fond of Mathematics, absolutely loving it! It’s a great way to consolidate learning areas, or simply have fun. It also encourages team work amongst students and provides a platform for kids to teach each another. A great way to hook them in is by making a little movie trailor (iMovie is great for this) with photos of the kids, explaining they will be competing in a race.

How it works:

  • kids work in teams (no more than 4)
  • place clues around the school. Each team gets a set of clues that leads them to a new destination. The clue needs to direct them to where they need to go. Each destination has a Mathematical question with 2 options (1 right, 1 wrong). Each correct answer contains a letter and in the end, children should be able to crack a code/sentence. An example of one I use:

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  • once children/teams are finished, they need to assemble at a meeting point. It’s a great way to identify misconceptions. I generally make the wrong answer a common misconception. If kids are answering questions wrong, it’ll give you an insight into their understandings.
  • the winning team generally has some sort of prize. This also encourages team work.

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I’ve shared this with all levels in my school and it’s adaptable to all ages. With middle to senior levels, I provide them with a map of the school as well as their clues, and they’re required to find the co-ordinates of each destination. For junior levels this can be adapted.

There’s also a Christmas version I like to use. Check it out!

 Answers for Christmas challenge


2 thoughts on “Teaching Maths with the Amazing Race

  1. Patricia Dorsey says:

    Reblogged this on How can I control my class? and commented:
    Teaching many types of math with an Amazing Race.


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