How to Have Fun When You Don’t Have Time for Fun!

Some of my favorite memories of my elementary school years involve making crafts and playing games! My favorite craft was making gingerbread scented salt dough ornaments! But, anyone who teaches in this day and age knows we don’t always have time to do the fun stuff, right! So, to make the most of the season I sneak in a little holiday cheer as often as possible! Here are a few of my favorite ways to sneak in some fun when you have too much curriculum to cover or a dreaded math assessment to review for!

As simple as it sounds, white printer paper, colored markers and stickers or stamps can add a little holiday cheer to even the most dull math tasks! Here is an example of a Math Review I did yesterday with one of my Fourth graders. She has a test this week so we needed to spend some serious time reviewing fractions, but you can see that we still made it fun!

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I bet you can figure out what my third graders are reviewing this week!  Check out this simple array activity to practice multiplication! This could also be used for fact families!

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But what if you have to work on a review with word problems? No problem! You make that into a present too! Take any review or set of task cards and have students make a cheerful answer sheet like this:

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Well, if you know me at all, you know I LOVE MATH GAMES, so I will have to mention that you can turn any math skill into a game!  Here is one of my favorites from my TpT Store:

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I would love to hear some other ideas people have for adding a little holiday fun to math class! Leave a comment below with your favorite activity!

Holiday Math Craftivities and Activities!

‘Tis the season to be jolly … but, if we are in school we still have math skills to teach and review! Here are some awesome Holiday Math Craftivities and Activities to help your students have fun while still learning!

Have your students measure and cut strips of paper in specific lengths and use the strips to make Christmas Trees! This can be as simple as 1 inch, 2 inch, 3 inch or as complicated as area and perimeter or fractions depending on your students’ age/grade level.

How about fraction snowmen or “symmetries”?  Cute, fun and educational!

This stacking cup game is designed for addition facts, but it could really be modified for any math skill!

These math games are lots of fun too!  They are low prep and easy to play!

 

For more great Holiday Math Ideas check out my pinterest board!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jolly Classroom Activities for December

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December is a month full of celebrations! Students are focused on the upcoming Holidays and Traditions they celebrate in their communities and with their families! How does a teacher compete with that kind of excitement? Well, by joining in! Fill your classroom with Educational Holiday Activities to keep your students learning all month long!

For MATH you could graph responses to fun questions, play skill related card games or go on scavenger hunts.

For SCIENCE there are many different experiments and STEM activities you could incorporate into class time:

For LANGUAGE ARTS and SOCIAL STUDIES you can read and write about different winter holidays, compare and contrast elements from holidays and ad in some kindness lessons.

There are SO MANY fun educational activities! Check out my Pinterest Holiday Board for more ideas!

 

Markdown Monday

Who doesn’t love a deal? Kelly and Kims’ Kindergarten has a great linky party with resources marked down today through Friday! Check out mine and then head over to Kelly and Kim’s Kindergarten to find the rest!

I am marking down my Holiday Math Bundle. For HALF price you can get a bundle that includes 7 of my Holiday Math resources!

 

Slide2This bundle has worksheets, scavenger hunts, games and word problems! Your students can practice rounding, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, problem solving and balancing equations!

This bundle is normally only $6.00, but from Dec. 14th to Dec 18th it is only $3.00! Yeah!

Find it here:

Teachers Pay Teachers

 

 

 

 

Not looking for Math? No problem! Head over to Kelly and Kims’ Kindergarten to find other resources marked down today through the 18th!