Race to 100 Math Game

The 100th day of school is quickly approaching around here!  My own kinder kiddo is SOOOO excited to party!  Here’s a look at one of my favorite math games to play on the 100th day of school, Race to 100, and how to differentiate it for K-2 learners!

How To Play Race to 100

In race to 100, students can play alone, with a partner, or against a partner.  When students play and are sharing a board, they simply roll a die and color in that many squares to add.   I like to use 2 different colors…either to show the different partners or to help see what we added (the parts and the whole).  Then, they record the number sentence as they go.

If students are playing against a partner, each partner would have their own board and they would take turns rolling and coloring in on their board.  The first person to get to 100 on their board WINS!

Differentiating Race to 100

In Race to 100, students are adding within 100 which is a first grade standard.  They are also practicing counting on, and writing equations to match the “problem.”
Do you have kids that need some additional support?  Have them pull pop cubes and lay out on the chart instead of coloring them in.  Sometimes, my lowest babies get carried away with their coloring and forget to count as they color.  Grabbing the cubes is definitely a great scaffold for these learners.
Do you have kids that need a challenge?  Try giving them 2 or 3 dice to roll at a time.  Have them add the numbers on the dice and then add that to the ending number like is shown in the picture below with 35+12=47.
TIP:  Doing this will speed up the game.  When my kids are ready for multiple dice, I usually give them a 200’s chart or even 500’s chart if they are ready for that.  You can find these versions of Race to 200 or 500 in this Math Games Packet.

Want to challenge them even more?  Play Race to Zero!  It’s played the same way, but kids start at 100 and subtract the number they roll until they get to zero.  You can color in the squares as shown at the beginning of this game.  But it will be more helpful for your strugglers to X out the numbers because subtracting and finding the answer on the 100’s chart can be confusing at first.  #speakingfromexperience #justtrustme

Also, notice the version with multiple dice below and how that helps kids learn to subtract a ten and then some more! 🙂


What about a version for 2nd graders?  When I was doing intervention for K-5 earlier this year, I used the 500 and 1000 charts for some of my 3rd-5th graders who were struggling with double digit addition and subtraction.  I added stickers to my dice to make them have numerals on them and then they rolled two dice and added the double digit that it made.

While this was great intervention for my upper grade kiddos, it would be perfect in the regular 2nd grade classroom as well!

You can find plans for this game and the Race to 100 and Race to Zero game sheets in my Guided Math Workshop Plans Resource.  (The 200, 500, and 1000 chart races are in a separate resource).

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