This is a great math activity for the holiday season. It is also great for any math level/content area. The added bonus is that it is very quick to create! This activity would fit in one class period in middle or high school (43-50 minutes).
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Step 1 (this is probably the longest step):
You need to find a Christmas card online that is funny and appropriate for students. You could also buy Christmas cards at Hallmark, Walmart, etc. A third option would be to have students design a funny Christmas card as a group. You could collect them and use them for this activity. You need one card per group. (I will have at most 8 groups with students working in groups of 3-4). You could use the same card for each group or a different one for each group.
A couple of options that I found online:
Step 2: You need math problems for students to solve. You need enough to take the allotted amount of time that you want this to fit in. I will make this take one class period (43 minutes). Students will be reviewing domain/range, evaluating inputs and outputs from a function. I will have 8 different problem sets for students to complete. I need one puzzle piece for each different problem set. Therefore, I will need to cut my Christmas cards into 8 different pieces.
Where are you going to find these problems? They could be problems from your book, a worksheet you find online, a worksheet that came with your book, etc.
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Step 3: Cut your cards into the amount of problems students will solve. If they are doing 10 problems, you need 10 pieces. If they are doing 5 problems, you need 5 pieces.
Note: you need one card per group. I will have students complete this in groups of 3 to 4. I will place each group’s card into a Ziploc bag, number it (1-8 since I have 8 groups), and hang it in my room. Each group will have a number at their desk which corresponds to their bag.
They will solve a math problem, I will check it. If it is correct, they will be able to choose a puzzle piece from their bag. They will repeat these steps until they have earned all of their puzzle pieces. Once they have all of their pieces, they will need to put their puzzle together. The first team to accomplish this will win a prize.
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