Can you actually teach math before Christmas break? There is so much excitement that just keeping control can be a teacher challenge. How do you keep students truly engaged and challenged when they are so excited?
Well…use their excitement. Really! Make everything a challenge and keep on giving them new learning. But it has to be fun. And keeping it centered around snow (even if you don’t have any), Frosty, the Whos, Rudolf, and other fun Christmas characters will help hold the attention of all those bundles of energy. You will actually “cash in” on their Christmas excitement!
Using this teaching strategy, I created these no prep Christmas multi-step word problems for third grade. There is also a set for fourth grade in my store. A link is at the end of this post.
They are rigorous.
They are fun.
They are differentiated.
They review previously taught skills.
And… we love them!
Each question has the format for a Visual Representation, Equation, and Words. These steps were created for the purpose of making sense of a problem instead of using tricks and keywords. Students must understand what the problem is asking by completing the graphic organizer. Taking time to think and write about their solution helps them be successful.
The “Convince Me” section is a great Number Talk starter and encourages students to use math vocabulary.
Our kids loooved solving the problems in pairs. Giving them a candy cane also helped!
To make things easier for you, there are posters of Essential Questions and a poster that lists some of the Common Core skills that students will be using to solve each problem.
An answer key is also included to help keep your time free during these extra busy hectic days!
Having this Christmas math print and go problem-solving packet on-hand and ready-to-go will ease the stress of this busy time of year! It is a super resource for fun, yet meaningful Christmas themed math word problems that will use your students’ excitement in a positive way.
It will keep them engaged.
It will keep them challenged.
It will keep them learning right up until that last day before Christmas break.
There is always so much math to learn, that taking a “time-out” is just not possible. Cash in on their excitement by giving them challenges that will be fun and engage them.
And as always . . .