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Each year the Pentathlon Institute offers a Gift of Learning Special allowing individuals to purchase Family Game Sets at a reduced cost.  Both the Regular Family Game Set and the Premier Family Game Set are on sale at:

November 24 through December 24
Orders placed by December 17 will be delivered by December 24.

VideoMP Instructional Videos
Divisions I, II, and III

Did you attend a Fall MP Workshop, but would like a review of how to play or clarification of critical game rules?  Or, did you miss the chance to even attend one of our hands-on trainings?  The good news is that starting on December 1, Divisions I, II, & III Instructional Videos will be ready to rent.  Along with how to play the games, the videos include important  prerequisite activities from Adventures in Problem Solving Books 1 and 2 as well as strategic analysis in Investigation Books 1 and 2.  

After renting a video, you will be able to stream for 6 months in HD or SD on iOS, Android, Apple T.V., Roku, and Chromecast. 
   Div I - December 1:  https://vimeo.com/ondemand/divisionivideos
   Div IV - available in 2020


When parents register their child online, they MUST choose a game to monitor.  This way all parents are aware of the critical need for volunteers and the need to be present to help in some way.  ONLY THE COACH can can make modifications to Game Monitors to ensure the school/club quota is met (1 Game Monitor to 2 Pentathletes in MI & IN, and 2 Game Monitors to 3 Pentathletes in TX).  As in the pastMAKE sure that your GMs are equally distributed across each of the 5 MP Games.

If School is Paying for Pentathletes' Registrations: Coaches will have access to their school/club Google Registration Form to view registration and Game Monitor assignments.  This replaces last year's spreadsheets that did not allow Coaches to view and update updated Pentathlete and Game Monitor data.

If Parent is Paying for Pentathlete Registration Online: Parents will email their child's ticket to their Coach so the Coach can verify registration and make note of the game they signed up to Game Monitor.  
New this year:
On a weekly basis, the Pentathlon Institute will upload Pentathlete Registrations & Game Monitor Assignments for Coaches to monitor their data.  The Pentathlon Institute must be notified of any changes to Pentathlete Registration or Game Monitor Assignment. 

More Game Monitor info including requirements can be found  HERE .


I n order to prepare your  PentathleteTM for a   National Mathematics Pentathlon® Academic Tournament, Coaches and Parents need to make all participants knowledgeable of the  Pentathlete   Code of Conduct and review the Participation Guidelines and Game Highlight Sheets .

Pentathlete TM  Code of Conduct
Good Sportsmanship and Character Development are top priorities of the Math Pentathlon Program.  For each Division Level the first Rule of our Common Rules in our Highlights is the Pentathlete Code of Conduct which is stated below:
A PentathleteTM is to treat adults and fellow Pentathletes with courtesy and respect and play by the rules that they know to be true. The Tournament Director will handle any infractions of this rule. Such infractions can result in loss of game (0 points) or being required to leave the tournament site.
We highly stress that you teach your students how to both win and lose with dignity.  With both club and classroom use we suggest that students shake hands both before and after each game as we do at the Math Pentathlon Tournaments.  While learning the games, highlight the importance of Teamwork.  This spirit is seen so many times throughout tournament season when Pentathletes who did not receive medals, still enthusiastically applaud the efforts of their school team members that did.  Once students can lose gracefully and win respectfully, they gain self-esteem as well as the virtues of patience, cooperation, and integrity.  Make positive use of our tournament challenge system with first, second, and third opinions to teach them how to be respectful with adults and ones peers, while at the same time learning how to stand up for oneself.
PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES: Pentathlete Preparation Link


The National Mathematics Pentathlon Academic Tournament Highlights are one-page summaries of each game's most important rules.  Each Highlight Sheet is divided into 3 sections:  Game Basics, Game Specific Rules, and Challenges.  Each year any updates/changes in MP Rules are highlighted in red and are especially pertinent for National Tournament use.  For each Division there is also a Common Rules page that describes rules that apply to all of the 5 games. Link to Highlights


Along with individual awards earned at National Mathematics Pentathlon Academic Tournaments, the Pentathlon Institute honors Pentathletes who in 7th grade have competed for 7 or 8 years. These Pentathletes have earned this special recognition for their determination and long-term involvement in competing at all 4 Mathematics Pentathlon  Division Levels and being Pentathletes  who have played all 20 Mathematics Pentathlon  Games.  We honor the Pentathletes  in this section.  LINK TO VIEW AWARDEES


Just as with music recitals and other such competitive events, it is very helpful to practice the MP Games at home.  This provides BOTH Pentathletes and parents the opportunity to practice ALL 5 MP Games with their child.  Link to Family Game Sets


When making your yearly donations, please consider including the Pentathlon Institute, a Not-for-Profit Educational Organization.  Funds raised through donations assist the Pentathlon Institute's efforts to help Pentathletes.  Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated.   Fed. I.D.# 38-1645063 501(c) 3-5071


Adventures in Problem Solving Books 1 & 2
 as well as Investigation Exercises Books 1 & 2 provide critical activities and exercises for students to be successful with the MP Games.  Some of these have been highlighted for each Division Level.


Adventures in PS Bk 1:     Activity III (pp. 14, 16-19) - MATCH MY SHAPE WORKSHEETS:  These sheets help students identify either small-to-large OR large-to-small versions of the same-shape, different size that relate to the goal of Shape-Up.
NOTE: For each shape on the Shape-Up Gameboard make sure that students discover ALL winning positions.
Investigation Exercises Bk 1:     IT'S YOUR MOVE - ROLL A WIN, ROLL A WIN 2, & ROLL A WIN 3 (pp. 9-11):  For each portion of the Shape-Up Gameboard, students analyze how to land on the Target Shapes.
These lessons help students deal with End-of Game scenarios.
Adventures in PS Bk 1:     Activity X (pp. 178, 186-188) - TRIPLE HEX and TETRAHEX: Using the same rules, but fewer blocks, students use these smaller boards to explore End-of Game strategies.
Investigation Exercises Bk 1:     GO FOR A WIN AND CAN YOU WIN? (pp. 9-10):  Students investigate 2-Hexagon regions to analyze better choices.

Adventures in PS Bk 1:   Activity 7 (p. 134) - COMPLEMENTS OF VALUES IN THE PURPLE-PLAYING AREA OF GAMEBOARD:  After learning the numeric values of the rods (Act. 3) as well as the rectangular values in the purple-playing area (Act. 5), students explore and learn the various combinations of exactly 2 rods that form Captures and significantly enhance strategic thinking about Ramrod.
Investigation Exercises Bk 1:   RAMROD COMBOS (pp. 3-5):  Students experience algebraic thinking using the missing addend form of subtraction while reinforcing Ramrod Capture combinations.

Adventures in PS Bk 1:   Activity V (p. 120-121) - 4 CHIP LINE GAME: This game helps students with
horizontal and vertical movement, an essential skill in FIAR.
NOTE: Make sure that when teaching the game of FIAR that you first play the game WITHOUT the
Blocking-Chip feature, i.e. you still use the chips but ignore the stickers on chips as blockers.
Investigation Exercises Bk 1:   IT'S YOUR MOVE 1, 2, & 3 (pp. 3-5): Use these sheets to analyze the best move in mid-game scenarios.


Adventures in PS Bk 2:   Activity XI-XIII (pp. 207-211) - PROGRESSIVE LEAD-INS TO STARS & BARS:     After learning how the cards differ from one another according to the 4 critical attributes (Activities II, IV, and V), students learn these essential games. These simpler versions of Stars and Bars teach how to both  score and maximize the game's scoring system.
Investigation Exercises Bk 2:   MAX A SCORE 1 and 2 (pp. 19-20):     These exercises simulate mid-game scenarios of Stars & Bars and help students practice maximizing their scores.
Investigation Exercises Bk 2:     HOW THE BARS WERE MADE? (pp. 3-6):  These worksheets investigate equivalence among the fraction strips. This critical skill is essential since the game does not allow for paper/pencil calculations and students must understand how to conceptually convert from non-equivalent to equivalent terms.


Adventures in PS Bk 2:     Activity IV (pp. 191 and 193-195) - FRACTION PINBALL WIZARD 1, 2, and 3:     To practice an important Fraction Pinball skill, students investigate these worksheets to find connected fraction pathways that are converted to decimal form for the greatest and least sums.
NOTE: Do this Activity in conjunction with the Know Your Machine Worksheet (see pp. 13-14) of the Division 4 Teaching Guide.
Investigation Exercises Bk 2:   4 Tilt (pp. 3-4): Both of these worksheets represent mid-game scenarios on the Fraction Pinball Gameboard where students investigate the best pathway to arrive at a winning score.

Investigation Exercises Bk 2:   CONJECTURING FOR GOLD (pp. 19-22):  Pentathletes sometimes do not take advantage of an important Prime Gold Rule referred to as Goldbach's Conjecture.  While using this game rule, students can form a number sentence that results in an even value greater than 6.  Rather than just placing 1 chip on the board per turn, this rule allows players to place 2 chips to cover 2 prime number values.  These exercises provide many examples of game scenarios to help Pentathletes implement this critical game rule.

Tournaments are limited by space
and number of students from each school/club per division.
  We take registrations on a first come-first serve basis.  Several of the tournaments last year SOLD OUT before the Late Registration Deadline. 
Please check with your School Contact Designee for Registration Directions.   

Tournament fee is  
$42 Regular Registration ~ Sept 1 - Feb 15
$62 Late Registration ~ After Feb 15 
No Registrations allowed ~ 15 Days Prior to Tournament


Division I (K-1) - May 2
Division II (2-3) - May 9
Division III (4-5) - April 18
Division IV (6-7 - April 18

Division I (K-1) - April 25
Division II (2-3) - March 21
Division III (4-5) - May 16
Division IV (6-7 - May 16

Division I (K-1) - March 28
Division II (2-3)  - April 25
Division III (4-5) - May 20
Division IV (6-7) - May 9

Division I (K-1) - April 4
Division II (2-3) i- March 21
Division III (4-5) - April 18
Division IV (6-7) - May 9 (in Austin)