Very Merry Classroom Ideas for December

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Well, Thanksgiving break was a great time for relaxing and visiting with family and friends. But … Now we have to go back to school?  What on Earth will we do with these excited children while they count the days until their holiday break?  Here are some ideas to help you make the days/weeks leading up to the holiday break fun and educational.

Joy, Sunshine, and Lollipops has excellent  ideas on her blog for celebrating Holidays Around the World!

How about a Grinch Day?  Falling Into First has great ideas on her blog for celebrating Grinch Day!

Get your students moving around the room with this Math Scavenger Hunt! Your students will love solving word problems with partners.

Looking for great Read A Louds for Christmas? The Printable Princess has a collection for you.

How cute is this writing activity “If Santa Was Stuck in My Chimney…”? Check out other related ideas on the blog, First Grade Wow

These Holiday Math Games are perfect for elementary classrooms!

This Gumdrop Math Challenge is a great way to get your students using critical thinking skills while having fun!

More Math??? Here are some great ideas!

If you are having a class party, check out these 15 Class Games from A Girl and A Glue Gun.

And, how about some crafts?

 

Want more great ideas? Check out my Pinterest Holiday Board:

 

Candy Shop Math Centers

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I am getting excited about the holiday season! I have made some new games/activities to play with my 3rd and 4th graders using some really fun clip art! Seriously, the elves are so cute!

The four newest games/activities I have created are:

  1. Addition Bingo
  2. Subtraction Matching
  3. Addition and Subtraction Balancing Equations
  4. Addition and Subtraction Word Problems

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The four activities can be purchased individually or as a bundle in my TpT store!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math Ideas for Turkey Time!

Well, I am a bit behind on posting, but I have a good excuse! I have been working on some new resources for November! I finally uploaded my two new Thanksgiving themed games to TpT.

The first one is a Word Problem Scavenger Hunt! Your students will get a chance to move around and work collaboratively with partners while solving one and two step addition and subtraction problems. The problems all have a Thanksgiving theme and have great clipart to go with the questions.

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The second one is called Turkey Tic Tac Toe! It is a Thanksgiving themed multiplication game.  Make fact practice a little more fun with this game.

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I will be creating more Thanksgiving math activities so keep your eye on my Fall Pinterest Board or Visit my TpT store.

Games for Middle School Math

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Who doesn’t love a fun game? Why not use games to help your middle school students stay engaged while they are practicing math concepts?

Here are a few of my favorites:

Exponent Match – students will match exponent notation with expanded notation and then solve the problem. Includes positive and negative base numbers with positive exponents.

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Equivalent Expressions Card Game – Students will math and simplify expressions. Then write on the record sheet.

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Simplifying multi-step expressions scavenger hunt – Your students will have fun moving around the room to find expressions and then solving them on their record sheets!

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Simplifying Card Game – This penguin themed game is So much  FUN!  penguin

 

For more engaging Middle School Math Ideas check out my Middle School Math Pinterest Board:

Super Fun Math Games & Activities

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If you have been in my classroom or read my blog you know I love math games! Games are a wonderful way to keep students engaged while they are learning and practicing math concepts. Students who are engaged will understand and remember more or what they have learned!

Here are a few  seven of my favorite math games & fun activities!

1. Multiplication War – This is a great twist on the classic card game “War”. For directions, see my post here.

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2. Rounding Buzz – Students will love the cute bug theme! Practice rounding to the tens and hundreds. There are “Buzz” cards which add a fun element! The “Buzz” cards give directions to pass cards to a different player or put a few back in the stack. At the end of the game, the player with the most cards wins!

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3. Multiples Card Game – Players will race to order multiples. Watch out for the smile cards … they slow you down! The cards can also be used for a sorting center!

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4. Flash Card Favorites – Use your favorite games, such as Connect Four, or Candy Land, and put a set of Flash Cards or Task Cards with them to make a classic favorite a math game. Players solve a math problem before they get to take a turn.

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5. Fraction MatchingThis game is a great way for students to practice composing and decomposing fractions while having fun!

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6. Multiplication Spinner Games – Students can spin and win while practicing their facts!  There are spinners for each set of facts on their own, and a few with mixed facts.

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7. Word Problem Scavenger Hunt – Give your students a record sheet and let them search the room for problems to solve! Is fun for partner or group work, but could also be used as an individual activity for early finishers.

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For more great math games and activities look at my Pinterest Board!