Get students excited for winter with these festive classroom math activities!
Are your students counting down the days (or hours, or minutes, or seconds), until winter break starts? Secretly, are you doing the same? Keep everyone a little more focused with these festive activities that will let students blow off a little holiday-fueled steam and still keep them doing math!
Hit the Slopes! (6th Grade)
It’s class ski trip time! And there are a lot of logistics to figure out.
In this activity, students are given specific details about a class ski trip. From this information, they need to determine the number of students going on the trip, how much each student paid, and other logistics about the trip.
What Are the Chances? (6th-8th Grade)
The folks at teAchnology have designed this activity that teaches probability using dreidels, and it’s perfect for your middle school students. Break the students up into pairs or small groups and talk about the four symbols on the dreidel. Then, have them spin the dreidel at least twelve times and record the symbol each time. Each group should share their findings with the class. From there, you could ask students to think about other situations where the ideas of probability apply.
What Would Pythagoras Do? (8th Grade)
Use Pythgoras’s famous theorem to figure how many festive lights to use!
In this activity, students need to determine how many feet of lighting will be needed to decorate a house. Afterwards, you can have students list other objects they would like to decorate and calculate how many lights they will need.
Celebrate With Us!
Want more holiday-themed math activities? Here are three more fun winter holiday math problems to do in your classroom this season!
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