In my last post I mentioned that I would share another way of doing the 'What's the Question?' activity for Halloween and include a special spooky freebie too! In THIS post I'll outline the preparation, implementation, modeling guide and differentiation tips to using this Halloween activity. However, instructions are included within the download too. The freebie contains a set of 30 Halloween themed 'What's the Question?' task cards. |

• Print pages 4-8 in color or choose gray scale.

• Laminate the printed pages, then cut out the individual cards (six per page).

• Make blank cards out of white/colored paper (Make the size big enough for your students to write a math word problem on). The other option is to use just regular pieces of paper if you don't have the time.

• Laminate the printed pages, then cut out the individual cards (six per page).

• Make blank cards out of white/colored paper (Make the size big enough for your students to write a math word problem on). The other option is to use just regular pieces of paper if you don't have the time.

There are 30 cards in this set. Hopefully, that should be enough for at least one card per student. If you have more than 30 students, you’ll need to either make an extra set of cards OR pair students for the activity (one card per pair).

Students pick one card at random and keep their card a secret. On the blank card (or piece of paper) they must create a math word problem that will equal to the answer on the card that they have. For example, “The answer is 9 pumpkins” – They know that the math question they make must equal 9 and be about pumpkins.

Once they finish writing their word problem, they must write their name on the back and either hand back to you, place in a box or get ready to swap with another student.

Give the student made word problems (at random from a box or swapped) to other students. Each student must solve the problem given, and then find the creator of it to see if they answered correctly. Another option is to complete the questions as a class and ‘check in’ with the maker of the word problem to see if it was answered correctly by everyone.

Students pick one card at random and keep their card a secret. On the blank card (or piece of paper) they must create a math word problem that will equal to the answer on the card that they have. For example, “The answer is 9 pumpkins” – They know that the math question they make must equal 9 and be about pumpkins.

Once they finish writing their word problem, they must write their name on the back and either hand back to you, place in a box or get ready to swap with another student.

Give the student made word problems (at random from a box or swapped) to other students. Each student must solve the problem given, and then find the creator of it to see if they answered correctly. Another option is to complete the questions as a class and ‘check in’ with the maker of the word problem to see if it was answered correctly by everyone.

Modeling how to create a math word problem is recommended before instructing students to do this independently.

Some guided questions could be:

•**What must my word problem equal to?**

•What math operation will I use?

•Does this equation equal to the number I need?

•What items or characters will be featured in my word problem?

•What will happen to the items or characters in my word problem?

Being Halloween themed, encourage the math word problems to carry on the theme.

Some guided questions could be:

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•What math operation will I use?

•Does this equation equal to the number I need?

•What items or characters will be featured in my word problem?

•What will happen to the items or characters in my word problem?

Being Halloween themed, encourage the math word problems to carry on the theme.

Even though the numbers are low, doesn’t mean this is limited to younger students. Challenge higher grades with using division, negative numbers, or create a multi-step word problem.

I hope you and your students enjoy this Halloween Math activity. I plan to make more for future seasonal themes.

I hope you and your students enjoy this Halloween Math activity. I plan to make more for future seasonal themes.

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This is a fun and simple way to get some spooky math thinking in during this Halloween. As in the image below, students will be creating their own Halloween word problems to match the answer given.

This is easy to set up. All I did for the above was:

Keep the top and bottom and just change the middle to a new number and Halloween theme item to keep refreshing the activity.

Here's some more examples below:

- Type up one page with 'The Answer is' and made the font as large as possible.
- On the second page, I decided on a number suitable for my students to work with. In the example above, 14. I also added something of a Halloween nature to make it thematic for the season. e.g. pumpkins
- Being for the younger ones, I also chose to show the 14 pumpkins visually. For older students (especially if using larger numbers), the picture part could be skipped.
- At the bottom, glue (or staple) the sides of a manila folder to form a pouch. On the front of the folder, write (or print) 'The question could be?'

Keep the top and bottom and just change the middle to a new number and Halloween theme item to keep refreshing the activity.

Here's some more examples below:

This sort of activity works well as part of a daily math morning routine or warm-up, The more students do it, the better word problems you will start to find. I love how creative the kids can get with this, and the best part is that they are thinking mathematically at the same time too!

If it is the first time you are introducing this activity to your class, modeling and guiding a few word problems first would be best. I like to think aloud by asking myself these questions:**There were 20 pumpkins in Granny’s Garden. On the night of Halloween, a wicked witch landed in her garden and stole 6 of Granny’s pumpkins! How many pumpkins did Granny find left in her garden? **

If it is the first time you are introducing this activity to your class, modeling and guiding a few word problems first would be best. I like to think aloud by asking myself these questions:

- What is the item that must be featured in my word problem? Pumpkins
- What math operation will I use in my word problem? Subtraction
- What other characters could I add to my word problem? (Maybe one good character and one bad character) Granny, Wicked Witch.
- Where is my word problem going to be set? Granny’s Garden
- Any other details? Wicked witch steals pumpkins from Granny’s Garden.
- Practice equations to make sure it equals the answer. (20 - 6 = 14)

I’ll share another way of doing this sort of activity in my next post and include a cool Halloween freebie for you too! Stay tuned!

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