Free Thanksgiving Math Center: TURKEY RACES!

November 9, 2015

Ahhh.. the holidays are coming…


The air is crisp, the leaves here in Massachusetts are all shades of orange, yellow, and red and most of them have made their way to the ground already!


With all the excitement, I know my first graders always needed high engagement. Anything that could keep my students learning and on-track was a win during these holiday months.


I’m not sure about your class, but my room always loved a good, competitive partner game. I thought I would share a free Thanksgiving math center that you could just print and use in your room:


This Thanksgiving math center is a fun, addition partner game!

Students will pair up and grab one board, one ten-frame tracker, & one turkey spinner.

Student A will spin the spinner and track that number on their tens-frame sheet. Student B will do the same. Every time a student fills a 10 frame, they may color in one block on their tower on the game board. 

The first student to reach 100 (the top of their tower) wins!
You can watch this quick video to see how to play, here:

There are colored boards that can be laminated and re-used with a dry erase marker as well as black and white boards that can just be printed and used with crayons or pencils!

There are also 4 different spinners, so students can play many times with different numbers!

As students progress you can also take away the 10-frame trackers and have students add on scrap paper or in their heads!
If you think your students could use this, please click the image below and grab a copy!


Also, if you are looking for some great community building ideas for Thanksgiving, check out my {last post} about Stone Soup!


Looking for more standards-based math games that will engage your learners and save you lots of time?!

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  • Played your Turkey Races today! We had a blast!!! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful and engaging center with us…your sharing so generously of your time and talents and creativity is so very much appreciated. Thank you!!

  • Hi,
    I’d love to try your free turkey races game. Your SJT club looks interesting. Thanks for sharing. Where would I find the free sheets?