2017-04-20 / School

‘Amazing Race’ event uses math challenges


Forty-eight fifth graders worked to answer math problems and get ahead in challenges during GB Elementary School’s Math Night. Above, some of the students with their ribbons. Forty-eight fifth graders worked to answer math problems and get ahead in challenges during GB Elementary School’s Math Night. Above, some of the students with their ribbons. GBE 5th Grade Math Night was a huge success! Thanks to creative fifth grade teachers, the school had 48 5th graders participate in its version of the Amazing Race.

Students were treated to pizza as they were divided into different color teams. After dinner, they were off. Working together, they had to work their way around the school by answering math problems and creatively solving challenges.

Some of the challenges involving stacking Reese’s Cups with chop sticks or moving rolls of toilet paper through hula hoops.

At each location, students had to first solve the challenge in order to receive the math problem to solve. Once they answered the problem correctly, they were given the next location to visit — usually on the opposite end of the school. As students were rushing to each location, they were not allowed to run. If they were caught running by one of our many chaperones, they were frozen for one minute.

Each team had the opportunity to visit 15 different locations over the 90-minute event. The 1st and 2nd place teams were awarded gift cards compliments of Chik Fil A.

The event was made possible by GBMS National Junior Honor Society volunteers, GBHS Mu Alpha Theta volunteers, Mrs. Duffy’s math student volunteers, Chick Fil A and the GBE PTA.

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