Improving Math Word Problem Solving:Free Key Word Race Game

Posted by Erica Warren on

Math word problems stump a lot of students, as they have difficulty figuring out how to change a sentence of words into a mathematical problem. For many, the stumbling block is recognizing and remembering the different key words that signify mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

I’m continually trying to craft fun activities that make the process fun and memorable. Most recently, I created the Key Word Race Party Game, that I thought I would share.

Free keyword race game

Key Word Race Party Game Setup

Materials needed:
1) Colorful plastic eggs

2) 2-5 buckets, bowls, shoe boxes or other medium to large containers

3) Spoons

Preparation:
1) Place the keywords you are reviewing onto colorful plastic eggs. If you are playing with more than one player or team, make multiple sets. Each set should be labeled with numbers on the bottom of the eggs to designate team one, team two and so forth. This will also help sort the eggs for the next play.

2) Label medium to large containers such as buckets or shoe boxes with two or more of the following: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, and Equals.

fun math resources
How to Play:

Break the class into teams or pairs. Place the labeled containers on one side of the room and have the players on the other side of the room. Provide each team with a set of labeled plastic eggs and a spoon. Instruct the players that they need to take each plastic egg and place it on a spoon. Then, each player needs to race over to the containers, without dropping the egg, and sort his or her egg into the correct container that classifies the keyword written on the egg.

If the player drops the egg, he or she must collect the egg and start the process over again. Once the player gets the egg into the correct container, he or she races back and tags a team member who then repeats the process. The teacher stands at the site of the containers to assure that the eggs are placed in the correct location. If not, the student must go back with the egg and try again. Once a team has sorted all the eggs, they must raise their hands to win the game.

Please note that you can play this game with a single student. Have the student compete against himself or herself by trying to beat his or her best score. In addition, you can also play this game outside.

If you would like to learn about some of my other popular games for sale. Go to: http://goodsensorylearning.com. There, you can even download freebies on many of my product pages.

I hope you enjoy these games!! I would love to hear you thoughts.

Cheers, Dr. Erica Warren
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator, and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning. She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Learning Specialist Courses.

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