Free Key Word Race Game:

Copyright, 2013
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. 

Materials needed:  
Colorful plastic
2-5 buckets,
bowls, shoe boxes or other medium to large containers
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.
Label medium to
large containers such as buckets or shoe boxes with two or more of the
following:  Addition, Subtraction,
Multiplication, Division, and Equals.
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: There, you can 
even download freebies on some of my product
I hope you enjoy these
games!!  I would love to hear you thoughts.
Cheers, Erica

Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to and 

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