The Amazing Equation Race

Fifth Grade Math Activities: The Amazing Equation Race

What You Need:

  • Scrap paper
  • Pencils
  • White paper
  • Black markers
  • Blue and red markers (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Cut 3 sheets of paper into 12 strips. On Each Set of stips, write the following equations in black marker:

N + 2

N + 3

N + 4

N + 5

Cut 4 sheets of paper into 30 playing cards. On 7 of the cards, write the following:







ADD 10

On each of the remaining playing cards, write a value for n (the variable), up to 10.

For example:

N = 1 n = 2

N = 5 n = 4

N = 7 n = 6

  1. When you are ready to begin the game, each player should get scrap paper, a pencil and 4 equation strips. Shuffle the playing cards and put them face down on the table.

  1. Player 1 begins by picking the top card in the deck. If it is a variable, player 1 fills in the value for n on his first equation strip (solve on scrap paper).

For example:

Equation strip: n + 2

Player picks n = 5

5 + 2 = 7

Player 1 now has 7 points

If a player pulls an ADD or SUBTRACT card, he adds or subtracts the amount from his points.

The winner is the first player to reach 25 points.

Note: If your fifth grader’s score drops below zero, you may have to help her add and subtract negative numbers.

Extension: Save the game for the future when your child learns to solve equations with negative numbers. Just put a negative sign in front of some of the numbers on the playing cards.

Add to collection

Create new collection

Create new collection

New Collection


How likely are you to recommend to your friends and colleagues?

Not at all likely
Extremely likely

What could we do to improve

Please note: Use the Contact Us link at the bottom of our website for account-specific questions or issues.

What would make you love

What is your favorite part about