The race has five questions with five events/obstacles. It even has a detour and a roadblock. The race features one question from the five categories:
We go outside during the class and they perform my race (in groups of 3-4). They have a blast! They are answering math questions, being outside, and performing tasks. They don't even look at is as being work.
|Only one member can use his/her legs to go to the question.|
dry erase board with a marker
Once they solve the question, they bring me the answer on the board. I must be able to see the work, and the label (if any) must be correct. I have flags set up for each question. They must go to that flag to work or rework the problem. Once they are correct, they get to complete the event. It always goes very smoothly, and the competitive nature comes out.
I have each question printed on cardstock and laminated. I have used the same questions since I started this four years ago! I have enough questions for each group. For my race, here are the items you will need in addition to the questions.
|dowel rods, string and tape measure|
|hula hoops and measuring stick|
|Event flags (laminated and hot glued)|
|bubbles and bubble gum|
Here is the criteria:
The objectives of this project are to:
(1) help students better understand mathematical concepts and formulas by applying them in a fun and dramatic setting
(2) integrate math with competition and kinesthetics, providing students with the opportunity to utilize both their cognitive and creative abilities
(3) provide a motivational strategy that will encourage an appreciation for mathematics
The obstacle course must:
have 5 events and questions
feature the following mathematical concepts
- Pythagorean Theorem
feature the following obstacles
- Road Block: A task in which only one team member can complete
- Detour: A choice between two tasks, relating to the same concept
- be contained to the “race area” and able to be performed
The questions must:
- Be written one per page (enough pages for each group)
- Have a solution provided to your teacher
- Feature the mathematical concepts listed above
Here are some pictures from student created races.
If you would like the complete race, you can get it at my store.
The kids will enjoy it, and they are learning!