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Addition Adventure Race Lesson Plan: Teaching Addition with Stories and Connecting Cubes

Hey there, folks! If you've ever tried teaching math to young kids, you know it can be quite a challenge. But what if I told you that there's a game that can make learning addition both fun and engaging? That's right, it's called Addition Adventure Race, and it's a hoot! This game is perfect for first-graders who are learning how to add numbers up to 10. By using addition stories and connecting cubes to solve problems, kids will develop critical thinking skills and have a blast doing it.

Now, I know what you might be thinking - why do we need to teach word problems to first-graders? Well, let me tell you, being able to apply math concepts to real-life situations is essential for developing strong problem-solving skills. That's why Addition Adventure Race focuses on using addition stories to teach kids how to solve word problems. Plus, who doesn't love a good story?

So, don't miss out on the opportunity to make learning math fun and engaging for your little ones. Try out Addition Adventure Race and watch as their enthusiasm for math grows!


The objective of Addition Adventure Race is for students to practice solving addition problems with sums up to 10 using addition stories and connecting cubes in a fun and engaging way.


To play Addition Adventure Race, you'll need the following materials:

  • Connecting cubes (at least 50)

  • Addition story cards

  • Whiteboard and markers

  • Timer (optional)


  1. Divide the students into two equal teams. Provide each team with connecting cubes, addition story cards, and a whiteboard and markers.

  2. Explain the rules of the relay race to the students. One student from each team will go at a time. The first student in each team will draw an addition story card, use the connecting cubes to solve the addition problem with a sum up to 10, and write a number sentence to represent the problem on the whiteboard.

  3. Once the student completes the problem, they tag the next student in their team, who will repeat the process. The relay race continues until one team has completed all the addition problems on their story cards.

  4. If you would like to make the game more challenging or competitive, you can use a timer to see which team can complete the relay race in the shortest amount of time.

  5. After the game, gather the students together to review the addition problems and strategies for using addition stories and connecting cubes to solve them.

  6. Addition Adventure Race provides a fun, active way for students to practice their addition skills and master the use of addition stories and connecting cubes.

Academic Benefits

Playing Addition Adventure Race can have several benefits for students, including:

  • Enhancing Addition Skills: The game aids students in developing their proficiency in solving addition problems with sums up to 10 using addition stories and connecting cubes.

  • Promoting Collaboration: The game encourages students to work together as a team, fostering cooperation and communication skills that are important for their social and academic development.