• 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.
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.
Show them a few examples first!
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 Thanksgiving 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 Thanksgiving Math activity. I plan to make more for future seasonal themes. If you haven't already, grab the Halloween set for next year too!
You may also like some of these fun thanksgiving math resources . . .
Thanksgiving Math Mystery:
Case of The Thankless Turkey
Thanksgiving Math Mystery:
Case of The Gobbler's Curse
Thanksgiving STEM Challenges BUNDLE
Yes No Questions for Thanksgiving
A Turkey for Thanksgiving Unit
Some examples of camouflaged turkeys:
A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting is one of my favorite class books to read during Thanksgiving. It is a book about a moose who goes in search of a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. It is an adorable story with a cute twist at the end. The lesson from this story is one of being thankful for friends. After reading the book, I always have my students do a fun writing craftivity. I first have students color/disguise a clip art of a turkey. The next step in the craftivity is to have students write a story about a turkey that runs away and camouflages itself into something so nobody can find it for Thanksgiving. I have had some really creative writing over the years. These also make great bulletin boards!
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Thanksgiving Math Quest: The Terrible Turkey Takeover
This Thanksgiving Math Quest ‘The Terrible Turkey Takeover’ is a quirky and fun way to engage your students. In this math adventure story, people are turning into turkeys! It is up to the student (the star of the quest) to save Mathhattan by solving a variety of challenges and puzzles using math as they progress reading through the chapters. Three levels of difficulty are provided for differentiation (EASY, MEDIUM, HARD). The chapters are interchangeable to enable you to customize the math difficulty across the three sets if you need.
An optional video hook is provided to set the stage to engage and introduce your students to the story. Watch video hook -->
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Thanksgiving Celebration Fact Book
This fact booklet is perfect to use for a Thanksgiving study, history lesson, or integrated into a wider social studies unit. Learn all about Thanksgiving with your lower elementary grade/ kindergarten/ special education learners using this differentiated printable booklet, which includes some fun bonus adventure passes and post cards.
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Both math resources come with a VIDEO HOOK to set the stage to engage. These provide a fun way to introduce the math activity to your kids. You can view both videos below . . .
Math Quest: The Terrible Turkey TaKEOVEr
Math Mystery: Case of The Gobbler's Curse
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