A group of excited fifth graders arrived at Debra Tommasulo, Angela daSilva, and Erin Connolly's math class at Summit Lane Elementary School in the Levittown Public School District to engage in "The Amazing Race" on April 8.
Students put all the skills and strategies they've learned this year to work. At the start of the race, they were divided into two teams, and each was given a math challenge to solve as a group. The answer to each problem led the team to a room number within the building where their next clue could be found. They then completed a series of six problems before being instructed by the last one to return to the math room.
Classroom teachers throughout the building played along as they handed out clues when the students arrived at their doors, and some teachers even created fun puzzles or left notes of encouragement for the students. As the teams traveled from location to location, students worked collaboratively, used alternative strategies when they arrived at an answer that did not make sense, and used multiple entry points and methods in solving word problems.
Golden eggs were also hidden throughout the building, which contained tickets for prizes. Throughout the day, all other math students had an opportunity to join the fun.
"The Amazing Race" is only one out of 35 activities that the math teachers play with the Summit Lane students during the school year. Mrs. Tommasulo, Mrs. daSilva, and Ms. Connolly noticed that engagement was boosted during the movement-based instruction, strengthening students' math skills.
Joey Maron worked towards the right answer on a dry erase board. Summit Lane teacher Debbie Tommasulo and Director of Mathematics John Towers helped students Shivani Pandey and Azucena Montesinos Mendoza.
Sean Butchey was excited for his hard-earned prize at the end of the race.
Jake Murano and Tiffany Turiano quickly found the solution to a math problem to proceed in Summit Lane Elementary School's Amazing Race.