Looking for some great winter and holiday activities for your students? We have come together to help offer you some fantastic ideas to use! We have STEM, fun math games, puzzling mysteries, sentence practice, winter reading, and more!
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Snow Globe Adventure
Read a great original story about two children who enter into a snow globe adventure! There is a great writing activity that goes along with the story booklet. Create your own snow globe shaped storybook! Different writing templates available.
Who doesn’t love Chris Van Allsburg’s story, Polar Express? This literature unit includes fun activities and an end of the story craft where students build their own story train!
FROM the TPT STORE: Kelly Malloy
Cookies for Santa Game
I love to make math fact practice more fun for my students, because let's face it, the more fun something is, the more likely we are to do it right? One of my favorite ways to practice math facts during the Christmas season is with this Cookies for Santa game!
I put all of the "cookie" pieces in a leftover Christmas cookie tin upside down. The students pull the cards out and attempt to answer the fact. If they get it correct, they get to keep the card. If they get it wrong, it goes back into the tin. If they get the dreaded KABOOM card - they have to put all of their cards back. The winner is the student with the most cards when time is up.
You can play this game with any type of math facts or vocabulary words written on index cards, or you can check out my pre-made math facts ones here.
FROM the TPT STORE: Angie S.
Christmas Activity for Speech Therapy Sentence Building
Forming sentences is very important for young learners. This activity uses real-life pictures for easy recognition of common objects and sight words as sentence starters. It is perfect for early readers. This is also an activity to practice identifying the attributes of what, the number, and the color of a group of items. There are 15 groups of winter and Christmas items. The student will match the corresponding picture to answer the questions - What? How Many?
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Christmas Around the World STEM Challenge Bundle
It can often be a struggle to keep kids engaged during this holiday season. However, things can be easier for you with the right activities that promote learning and engagement. My Christmas Around the World STEM Challenge Bundle provides hours of engineering fun while making sure your students learn about the Christmas traditions of various countries in the world. Countries included are Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, and Italy. Students can design and build a surfboard for Santa, a Christmas sock for Papai Noel, a foldable ladder for Baba Nöel, a catapult for throwing presents, and a broomstick for Befana. You and your students will surely enjoy these Christmas STEM challenges. Check it out today!
Math Mystery: Case of The Selfish Elf
Uh oh! Which elf is eating all of the delicious cookies made by Mrs. Claus?
Toy production and elf morale are greatly reduced in Santa’s toy factory this year. Students must help Santa figure out who the selfish elf is by using their math skills to discover important clues. Then, your math detectives will be required to apply critical thinking to eliminate elf suspects and narrow it down to one. This activity is a fun way to incorporate math into your Christmas theme and will engage even some of your most reluctant learners.
This math mystery activity is available in versions for grades 1 – 6. Choose a level that suits you, or ‘clue swap’ across grades to differentiate this activity with your class (clue swapping is only available using the 2nd- 6th grade versions).
Check out the video hook that can be used to introduce this activity HERE along with the individual grade resource links.:
Once upon a Crime ‘Rescue Rudolph’
Carrying out 'What's the Question?' prompts gets your students thinking creatively as well as mathematically. I love making them incorporate the holiday theme, and as I have done in the past for Halloween and Thanksgiving, in this blog post I'll share some ideas for Christmas, including a special freebie!
Make it a part of your math wall
You could rotate the prompt wall daily during the lead up to Christmas. Below I've shown some examples, which you could easily use or adapt to suit your class.
After the positive response I had to the Halloween themed word problems set, I thought it would be fun to create a Thanksgiving set for you.
If you haven't used these before, they are cards that outline the answer and the student must create a word problem around it.
How to use this free resource is outlined below if you didn't catch the Halloween freebie set.
You can download this Thanksgiving set for FREE HERE!
• 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.
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!
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.
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 . . .
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