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"Race to the Finish Line" Board Game

Board Game Resources (what you use to play it)

Detailed Directions for Game (how you play it)

  1. All players place their game piece on the "START" Box.
  2. Each player takes turns doing the following: Player rolls one die (6 faces), and moves forward that number of spaces. He/she must answer the long multiplication problem correctly to be able to stay in that place. If the player is unable to get the correct answer the first time, they must go back to their original space and wait their turn, unless you land on a space without numbers, in which case you follow the command given.
  3. Use any of the online links given below to get a math problem to work out. - You will have to enter the answer in the webpage to see if your answer is correct.
  4. When one player is working out their math problem, the other is "quietly" inspecting the work and evaluating the correctness of the work. Did they make a mistake? Where? The "checker" will not share what they found out until the player working out the problem enters the answer and gets a correct or incorrect reply. After this, the checker can point out the mistake. 
  5. The goal of the board game is to be the first to get to the "END" Box first, and thus beat your opponent - If you are, for example, 1 away from the End Box and you roll a 5, you can still win as long as you answer the question correctly but... if you get it wrong you must go backwards the amount of spaces you rolled in the die from the original position. 

Long Multiplication Problems You Can Use in the Board Game

These are the official problems you will need to work out on paper or by using the lattice method chart (with a sheet protector). You then only enter the answer into the math link to check for accuracy (not the work).
  • PDF CHARTBoard Game Chart #2 for Race to the Finish Line this board game #2 is specific to 5th grade Common Core standards and works on long multiplication, including multiplying decimals (has 6 different types of long multiplication problems)


COMMON MISTAKES in Multiplying Decimals

  • Copying the numbers in the math problem incorrectly
  • Drawing the Lattice Method improperly
  • Basic multiplication mistakes
  • Adding the place values (and carrying) mistakes
  • Decimal point placement
  • Transferring the final answer to another place

Other Math Problems You Can Use Instead

You can always substitute easier problems or word problems to differentiate learning for all skill levels and grade levels. Below are other options, with 5th grade math problems generated online (use the "generic game board" as found in the board game resources above).

(OPTIONAL) "Easier" Multiplication Problems to Use in Game: 

(OPTIONAL) Long Division Problems to Use in Game:

(OPTIONAL) Add & Subtract Fractions and Mixed Numbers to Use in Game: 

(OPTIONAL) Place Value to Use in Game: