Five in a Row: A Game for Practicing Addition Facts

I think it is safe to say that I have math games permanently cemented in my brain these days.  Our school ability groups students by grade level in reading and math.  The math grouping is actually new, so I have been racking my brain to come up with small group math ideas, going through resources I do have to make sure they are at the right level for my group, checking TpT a thousand and one times a day, and stalking Pinterest for any ideas I can find.

As I went through the materials that I already have, I came across this oldie, but goodie.

Five in a Row is definitely a student favorite.  I made these boards my first year of teaching after attending a math workshop.  People, I wrote the numbers with a Sharpie.  That's how old they are.

In my constant quest to make things cute and fun, I decided to revamp this tried and true student favorite.

Introducing the new and improved Five in a Row: Halloween Edition...Freaky Five in a Row! Keep reading on to find out how you can get a set for yourself {freebie alert}.

I love the new boards sooooo much more than my old ones.  They're cute and colorful!  I got these fun Halloween erasers to use as markers with this game board (see photo above).  So cute!  I found them at Michaels. Don't want to go out and buy erasers?  No problem!  This game can easily be played with double sided counters (which is what my students use most of the time when they play this game).

What is Five in a Row?
Five in a Row is fun game where students practice their basic addition math facts in the form of a game.  Students will roll two number cubes (labeled 5-10) or two dice, add them together, and cover the sum on the game board.  The object of the game is to be the first person to cover five numbers in a row.

  • Game boards
  • Game pieces (double sided counters, dimes and pennies, different colored linking cubes, and so on) NOTE: since the two players share the same game board, they need different game pieces to denote which spaces they've claimed as their own
  • 2 Number Cubes (blank cubes numbered 5 through 10) OR 2 dice (depending upon the level of play)

How to Play
  • Students play in pairs. 
  • Student A rolls the two number cubes (or dice), adds the numbers together, and covers that number on the board.
  • Student B does the same.
  • Play continues back and forth in this fashion.
  • The first player to get five counters in a row is the winner!
Note:  If a player rolls their number cubes or dice, but the sum is not available, then they do nothing (and hope they have better luck when their next turn comes around).

You can grab this Five in a Row game board for free!  It includes color and black and white versions, as well as two levels of play:
  • Sums of 2 through 12 (played with two dice)
  • Sums of 10 through 20  (played with two number cubes numbered 5-10)
You can grab this game for FREE! Click here to download.

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  1. Well, at least you didn't mimeograph copies of the gameboard! Heading to TPT to get this cute game!

  2. Thanks for the great freebie! I'm trying out math groups/centers this year too. It's tricky! Your math centers are in my cart! :)

    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  3. Thanks so much! I kinda cringe when I come across my Sharpie versions of things! :)
    Growing Firsties

  4. Downloaded this cute freebie! Adorable mats and the erasers add that extra flair! Thanks so much!

  5. Thanks Ladies! I hope all enjoy using the game boards!


  6. Thanks for the gameboards...can't wait to share with my class!


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