Math Racers

I was having the.hardest.time getting my kiddos to memorize their math facts. Anyone else have the same problem???

Enter Math Racers!!!

We do math racers every day in our classroom. And once the kids are trained how to do them, it takes less than 2 minutes each day from start to finish.

Here's what they look like: 

Here's how it goes in my classroom.

1. Our teacher assistants pass out math racers to each kiddo. 
2. Kiddos go back to their seat and GET READY!
3. I say go and they start madly working on completing their math racer.
4. They have 1 minute and 30 second to complete 20 problems. 
5. Timer goes off and they drop their pencils.
6. The teacher assistants collect them and put them in the designated math racer bag to be sent home with a volunteer I begged pleaded with bribed asked to prep them for the next day. I have four wonderful parents who each take them home one night a week to grade and get ready. (This means I only have to prep them once a week! Yipee! This also allows me to see how the kiddos are doing and their progress. :)  

The bag contains everything they'll need to prep them for the next day: 

Each kiddo starts off on their 1s. If they miss even one, or don't finish in the given time, they have to repeat it. Once they've completed it and gotten 100%, they move on to the next math racer... 2s, then 3s, then 4s and so on. After they finish 12, they do three sets of doubles, then three sets of doubles plus one, then three sets of mixed practice! 

I have a bulletin board in our classroom just for math racers. It looks like this:

When a kiddo moves onto their next math racer, we move their race car to the next one. This is very exciting for them. And I hear all about it when we forget to change one...

I am so excited to offer my whole math racers addition pack on TPT! 

The unit includes:

  • Addition facts 1-12
  • Three sets of doubles
  • Three sets of doubles plus one
  • Three sets of mixed practice
  • Answer keys
  • Directions on how to prepare them (to send home with volunteers) 
  • Ideas for how to implement them in your classroom 

Click the picture to check it out! And please let me know what you think!!! :) I will give it to the first two friends to comment with their email address!

I hope you can use them to help your students memorize their math facts!!!

Also, it's not to late to hop on over to A Cupcake for the Teacher and enter her awesome 1,000 followers giveaway!!!! :) 

Now I'm off to a baseball game with the fam! :) And you know what baseball season means...summer is near!!!!



  1. This sounds like something I have been looking for - especially as we move to Common Core next year and math fact memorization is included in that!

  2. This looks great as an end of the year review!


  3. Awwww man! So sad I just missed it :) I loooove how you incorporate parent volunteers for this, though. What a great idea!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  4. So sad I missed this because these are awesome! I'll have to check them out on TpT! :o)

  5. Great idea! It is so hard to have the kids memorize their facts and find something great to motivate them.
    My Second Sense

  6. I am so jealous that you can have the parents grade these!!!! I do something VERY SIMILAR (but yours is cuter!!) and we had BIG PARENT DRAMA a few years ago because some parent volunteers were "gossiping" about how the kids were doing and the other parents found out about it and were UPSET. Principal had to get involved and now . . . I grade those suckers EVERY DAY!! When we went up to 32 kiddos, I cut down to only giving the tests Tuesdays through Thursdays. I have 44 levels . . . what was I thinking?????
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  7. How adorable!!!! Great parent volunteers make all the difference don't they!?
    Second grade smartypants

  8. What a great idea and a great way to track progress. Having good parents help can make such a difference.

    I'm a new follower :)

    Lovin’ First Grade

  9. I love how you have kept track of their progress! I have pinned this and my team can't wait to to do this next school year!

    2nd Grade Rocks!

  10. I totally do this... but not on such a cute paper... and without assistants and parent graders!!!! WHAT?! So jealous.
    Like Kristen, when the numbers went up I reduced how often I do it. Now no more than twice a week because of the grading/prepping involved.
    I LOVE that you call them math racers! Super cute.
    Dragonflies in First

  11. What a great idea! Where did you buy the little race cars??


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  13. Do you have the template for the bulletin board available to purchase with the packat? I bought you big bundle and I would be interested.

  14. Hi there! This is just what I am looking for to track math fact fluency! Where did you get your race track bulletin board set? Thanks, Stephanie

    1. Hi Stephanie! I actually made the race track part of the bulletin board! I used black construction paper and glued little yellow lines on there to make it look like a track! You can also find the stop signs with numbers on them here: Have fun! -Sandy