The Christmas season is a time of year when students can get easily distracted. Students need to keep learning and growing during the holiday season, but it can be hard to stay on track when so many fun things are going on. These Christmas math activities are the perfect way to keep your students engaged and learning while enjoying all the festivities. Each activity is festive, fun, and most importantly, educational.
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Student Engagement During the Holidays
Christmas is the time of year when students are especially susceptible to outside distractions. Christmas parties, gift shopping, and holiday concerts can all take away from classroom time and decrease student engagement. However, many Christmas math activities can help keep students focused and learning despite the holiday distractions. Christmas-themed math worksheets, Christmas math games, and even Christmas math puzzles can all be used to help students stay engaged with their math studies during the holiday season. By incorporating Christmas-themed math activities into the classroom, teachers can help ensure that their students remain focused and engaged in their studies despite the many distractions of the holiday season.
Planning Ahead for December
Christmas is a busy time of year for everyone, including teachers. However, it’s also great to sneak in some extra math practice with Christmas math activities. The best Christmas math activities are engaging and fun for students but low-prep for teachers. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Christmas Tree Fractions
Using a paper or cardboard Christmas tree, have students decorate it with different fractions of ornament balls. For example, 1/2 of the balls could be red, 1/4 could be green, etc. This is a great way to review fraction terminology and reinforce basic concepts.
Christmas Light Estimation
This activity can be done with real Christmas lights or printable Christmas light templates. Students estimate how many lights are on the string, then count them to check their work. This is a great way to practice estimation skills and learn about Christmas lighting traditions from around the world.
Christmas Cookie Math
This could be more for the younger students (and maybe even the adults in the room!). Using Christmas cookies and candy, have students practice counting, patterning, and simple addition and subtraction. You can even incorporate some measurements by having students estimate and compare the weight of different cookies. Plus, eating the occasional Christmas cookie while working on math is a bonus!
Printable Christmas Math Activities
The Christmas season is a busy time for everyone, including teachers! These Christmas Math Activities printables will help to keep your students engaged and excited about learning during the holiday season.
With fun and festive activities focusing on 3rd-grade math concepts, these printables are perfect for bellringers, math centers, small math groups, or homework. So take a break from the Christmas craziness and let your students have fun with these Christmas Math Activities.
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This Christmas Reading resource can help keep students focused and learning in your guided reading groups or literacy centers too! This post explains how I use it during the holiday season.
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