Counting Down ‘til the Big Day: Holiday Themed Math

Hey, gang!  I am super excited to finally be kicking off our 12 Days of Christmas linky party for upper elementary teachers! 

For the next 12 days you can head over to Focused on Fifth to follow along with some of your favorite upper elementary bloggers, all sharing some fabulous seasonal tips you can begin implementing in your classroom immediately!

For today's post, we are talking all about holiday themed math activities for the classroom. 

In my classroom, the kiddos have been playing around with my little equivalent fraction snowman puzzles.  Let me tell ya'...they are some real cuties.

To make these puzzles, I simply drew circles in PowerPoint and divided them into thirds.  Then, I made another circle with a snowman face (minus the nose).  I drew the carrot noses out of orange cardstock paper.

On each snowman's nose, I put a fraction in its simplest form.  Next, I cut and labeled each little snowman body piece with larger equivalent fractions to pair with the snowmen noses.

I decided not to laminate these guys, because after some use, I want to turn them into a craftivity to display in the hallway.  However, you certainly can laminate them to prolong the life of your puzzles.

The kids worked in small groups to solve each of the puzzles.

What I liked about this activity was that students could work at their own pace.  They could also build different size snowmen depending on their skill levels.  Some students built larger snowmen than others.

And that's it!  A fun, differentiated, and easy to create holiday themed activity you can implement into your plans.

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  1. Cute activity! I'm sure the kids love it! Lots of fun--and appropriate for the next few months. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words...and for joining our link up!

  2. I'm so glad I found your blog through the linky! Such a great idea, thank you!! Jen

    1. Thanks, Jen! Brandi and I are super excited about this linky! Be sure to check back each of the 12 days for lots of great tips and freebies!

  3. This seems like a very engaging activity! Your students must have had fun while practicing fractions!

  4. I love this idea. This would be perfect for my math centers. We will be starting fractions in January. Looking forward to creating my own snowmen to use.


    1. Thanks, Kim. The kids have a lot of fun with it. I ended up turning them into a little craftivity this year and displayed them in the hallway.


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