Snowman math races

A couple weeks back I saw Ginger Snaps post on multiplication wheels which I had COMPLETELY forgotten about. I did multiplication wheel races with my third graders back in the day and we had a blast. I made addition wheels today for my students. If you aren't familiar with them here's how they work: Draw a donut shape and place numbers around the inside. Then place another number in the center. Students line up and take turn adding the number inside the donut hole with the center number. They place their answer outside the circle.
 After a student writes down an answer they pass their expo marker to the person behind them and go to the end of the line. Now, if I have a student writes down an incorrect answer someone else in the line has to fix it. They simply cross of the wrong answer and write the correct answer next to it. When we race I usually have only three or four students in a line. Students are NOT allowed to whisper or call out an answer or let another student know their answer was wrong. As soon as all of the answers are written down and correct that group wins. I don't write the same numbers in each wheel when we race because I don't want anyone stealing answers. It's a great way to get students to practice addition facts.

I drew snowmen on my whiteboard today and made the bottom snowball the addition wheel. We had so much fun!

*notice the wrong answer!

*If you don't have a whiteboard you can laminate some butcher paper or poster paper and cut out your wheel and use dry erase markers to write. We are going to practice some more tomorrow and race with some of our neighbor first grade teachers on Friday after our 8 am party. (Yeah, pray for me!)


  1. Great idea! I'm gonna try that next week. Yep - we have school until Dec. 22. Ughhhh...
    Funky First Grade Fun

  2. Kimberly-noooooo! I'll try and come up with more activities over the weekend for you!

  3. I pinned this! Great idea. I wonder if I can manage it 30 kids...
    FInally in First

  4. I am going to steal this idea too! We go up until 3:05 on the 22nd! Not looking forward to next week at all! Enjoy your holidays!

  5. What a fantastic idea! I just did a whole packet of activities about snowflakes - this would fit in so well if someone was doing that

    I love that your snowman multipliers could be used for so many things... Maybe a letter inside, then pick a letter in the next ring and spell a word? Certainly other math skills like addition... What a great winter trick!

  6. I tried this today with missing parts- I put the whole in the middle and the known on the outside... this is an excellent activity- it's so versatile! Thank you so much for sharing

  7. What a fun idea! I'm doing this next week! Thanks!

    Oh My Little Classity Class

  8. What a great idea! I am definitely going to use this this week! Thanks for making my upcoming week a bit more fun!

  9. Love this idea! I will use it next month during my Snowman unit!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  10. My students are practicing their multiplication facts and this is a great way to review for their test!

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