The Amazing Math Race at Gardiners Ave.
Ms. D'Aquila's 4th grade math group participated in a math activity based off the popular television show, The Amazing Race. Students were divided into four groups, and each group was given a bag containing four envelopes. The students were to collaborate with their group members to first "travel" through Gardiners Avenue by jumping, crawling, and doing jumping jacks to reach their destination. Then, they opened up their first envelope, which revealed a multi-step math problem. Students worked together and discussed different strategies to complete the problem, and ultimately came up with an answer, which was to be checked by the teacher before moving on to the next envelope. Some skills that were included in these activities were writing equations, adding and subtracting fractions, thinking abstractly about money, and rounding to the nearest tens, hundreds, thousands, and ten thousands! Students also had to watch out for road-blocks, which were higher-level thinking questions that prevented them from moving forward with their envelope until they answered the road-block question. In total, each group successfully used traits of perseverance, teamwork, and critical thinking, while simultaneously having fun to answer four envelopes and two road-blocks!