Holidays are a crazy time in my life both at school and home. I’m busy at every holiday trying to get ready to celebrate with my own family and this is also the time my students decide to be extra WILD and full of energy.
Last year, I decided to capitalize on this extra energy. For every major holiday, we did five activities in math.
A sample of the activities we did last year!
- Domain and Range from graphs – I copied bats, witches, ghosts, and ghouls onto graph paper. Then students found the domain and range.
This year, I have a new activity planned and I’m SUPER excited. I’m calling it, “What’s For Dinner.” I have been saving all of my Costco boxes. I am going to spray paint these boxes black and bedazzle them with cobwebs. Inside, I am going to put in peeled grapes (these will be eyeballs), licorice peels (rat tails), etc. Click the image below for a copy of this activity:
- Earn the Points – I had problems on hearts and students had to earn enough points for the day. The more complicated the problem, the more points it was worth.
My favorite Holidays are Thanksgiving and Christmas. We had some GREAT activities for Christmas.
- Ugly Sweater Party – We had an ugly sweater party where students performed their rewritten Christmas carol with math. I sang, “Have yourself an arithmetic sequence.” While students performed, we sipped hot cocoa and ate treats that students brought in.
- Thanksgiving Dinner – I purchased some cheap Thanksgiving plates from Walmart. Students had to solve a math problem on potatoes, turkey, sweet potatoes and other holiday favorites. They stapled them to their plates once I had checked them. In the center of their plate, I had them write something they were thankful for.
Want my Halloween Activity, what’s for dinner? Click here.
How do you celebrate the holidays in your classroom?