Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Implementing math centers during this special time of year keeps students engaged and on task. This blog post shows my favorite Christmas math activities that are perfect for the month of December! Fourth grade students will get to practice games that celebrate winter and the Christmas season.
PRIME AND COMPOSITE NUMBERS (4.OA.4)
Help each reindeer find the cupcake he wants to eat by matching up each number with the correct prime or composite cupcake! There are 32 matches included that help students practice matching prime and composite numbers from 1-100.
MULTI-STEP WORD PROBLEMS (4.OA.3)
Each time you answer a question correctly, you choose a circle card randomly. The circle card tells you whether to go forward or backward on the game board! It’s Christmas and emoji-themed which is sure to keep students engaged while learning at the same time. Students practice multi-step word problems that include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The first person to make it from start to finish wins the game!
INTERPRETING REMAINDERS DIVISION WORD PROBLEMS (4.NBT.6)
Three messages included! The first game includes easy remainders. The second game includes medium level division word problems with remainders. The final set is hard equations (bigger numbers). Students solve the equation on each card to figure out the answer. Then, they scan the QR code on the card to figure out the “secret letter”. They put the “secret letter” on the answer on the mystery phrase page. When all cards are solved, it will spell out a Christmas themed mystery phrase! There are 3 games included to give variety.
MULTIPLYING AND DIVIDING LARGE NUMBERS (4.NBT.5 AND 4.NBT.6)
Each time you answer a multiplication or division card correctly, you pull an ”ugly sweater” kid from the middle. If the kid belongs to your game board, you add it to your board. If not, you put the kid back in the middle and it’s the next person’s turn. The first person to collect all of their ugly sweaters wins! There are 8 cards for each of the following types of equations: 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication, 1 digit by 4 digit multiplication, 3 digit by 1 digit long division, and 4 digit by 1 digit long division.
MEASURING ANGLES WITH PROTRACTORS (4.MD.6)
Students play in teams to line up the protractor angles as quickly as possible to win the game. Both teams are given a “start” card that has a protractor on it with an angle they have to figure out. Once students figure out the answer, they line that card up under the “start card”. Students keep lining up the cards until they reach the finish! Each team has the same questions, but the questions have been given in a different order to avoid peeking eyes from other teams.
ADDITIVE ANGLES (4.MD.7)
Oh no! each elf lost 2 pets—1 cat and 1 dog! Can you help each dog and cat find their way to their owner? Each of the elves is holding two angles. When students find the correct angles, each elf should have one dog and one cat with them! There are 24 additive angle equation cards for students to sort.
ADDITION AND SUBTRACTION WORD PROBLEMS (4.NBT.4 AND 4.OA.3)
Match each equation with the corresponding answer by matching up each pair of photos! There are 20 holiday photos and 20 equation cards. When students solve each card, they can match up the equation with the answer. There are some one step word problems and some multi-step addition and subtraction word problems.
TYPES OF TRIANGLES AND ANGLES (4.G.1 AND 4.G.2)
This game is used to practice with geometry terms like identifying angles as obtuse, right, or acute and identifying triangles as equilateral, isosceles, or scalene. It’s great for during the Christmas and winter holiday season. I use this game a lot during December or January of each year. It’s a 2-4 person game where students try to be the first person to decorate or “spruce up” their tree with ten ornaments! Each time a student answers a game card question, they get to take an ornament from the middle to put on their tree. There are also chance cards in the deck that may help a student or put them back a few paces during the game! My students LOVE this game at Christmas time each year and enjoy picking out which decorations they will put on their tree!
This math game is used to help students practice identifying lines of symmetry and incorrect lines of symmetry during the winter season. Students practice with symmetry while playing a game at the same time! It’s a 2-4 person game where students try to be the first person to build and decorate their snow globe by answering math questions correctly. Each time a student answers a game card question, they get to take a snow globe part or decoration from the middle to put on their picture. There are also chance cards in the deck that may help a student or put them back a few paces during the game! My students LOVE this game in the winter time each year and enjoy picking out which decorations they want on their snow globe.
SHAPES, PARALLEL AND PERPENDICULAR (4.G.1)
This game is used to practice identifying different 2D geometric shapes and classify shapes based on their attributes in math during the Christmas season. Students also have to identify the types of lines in each shape (are the lines perpendicular, parallel, or both). Students also practice identifying polygons, geometry terms, triangles, squares, rectangles, rhombuses, trapezoids, diamonds, parallelograms, pentagons, hexagons, and octagons in geometry. It’s a 2-4 person game where students try to be the first person to decorate their gingerbread house with ten decorations. Each time a student answers a game card question, they get to take a decoration from the middle to put on their gingerbread house. There are also chance cards in the deck that may help a student or put them back a few paces during the game! My students LOVE this game at Christmas time each year and enjoy picking out which decorations they will put on their gingerbread house!
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