The Easter season can be fun in your classroom with just a little bit of planning. I love to use Easter math centers to help students practice skills learned earlier this year. Fourth grade students will get to practice games that celebrate Spring, April Fool’s Day, and Easter!
There are twelve math puzzles included in this Easter math activity. Each puzzle has three pieces. Print the puzzles four times on four different colored papers. That way, students can race each other to see who can put all of their puzzles together first! Or, let students work together collaboratively to put together all 12 puzzles! Students get to practice convert the time length into seconds, minutes, and hours. This aligns with 4.MD.1.
DECIMALS IN WORD FORM
Students split into two teams. Each team finds their start card. They find the answer to the card and line it up under the previous card. The first team to line up all their cards in the correct order is the winner! Students are given the same cards but in a different order so the two teams can play fairly. The students are practicing writing decimals in word form to get familiar with decimals. This is a very basic introduction to decimals. It aligns with 4.NF.6.
ROUND TO THE NEAREST TEN THOUSAND
This is a great activity for students to practice rounding. Students play the game of Spoons, except with a math twist! Each child gets four cards and the rest of the cards go into a pile next to the first player. Three spoons (or whatever object you’d like) go in the middle. Student 1 picks up the first card and sees if it can help them get four of a kind. If not, they pass it to the next person. The first student to get four of a kind wins! More pictures and step by step directions in the preview! Students practice rounding each card to the nearest 10,000. It aligns with 4.NBT.3.
COMPARING DECIMALS GAME
This Earth day themed math game is used to help students practice comparing decimals in math class. I use this game during the month of April for 4th-grade students to review. It’s great in math centers, with partners, or for a group of up to four students. Recycling is incorporated into the game so students are learning about how to recycle while playing a game! Perfect for fourth grade, common core aligned, and as a decimals review. Students put out each of the recycling bins. All of the question cards are put in the middle. Items are split up between each player. Each time a student answers a question card, they get to recycle one of their items. First person to recycle all of their items wins! (4.NF.7)
DECIMALS IN PICTURE FORM
In this math activity, students lay out all circle decimal cards in front of them. Students split up the rectangle cards between them. Each player flips over a rectangle card that has a picture form of the decimal on it and looks at the circle cards for the matching answer. The first person to grab their matching answer wins the round and gets to keep the circle. The person with the most circles at the end of the game wins! It aligns with 4.NF.6.
This game is full of mouths and peeps! It helps students in practicing equivalent fractions. Students spread out all of the mouths with fractions in front of them. Each peep has an equivalent fraction to one of the mouths on it. Place each peep on the equivalent fraction it matches with. This aligns with 3.NF.3 and 4.NF.1.
Each child playing gets an Easter Egg basket. All of the eggs are placed in the middle and each child tries to find the eggs that go in their basket before the other kids in their group! Students practice comparing fractions while also playing a fun game! This aligns with 3.NF.3 and 4.NF.2.
INTRO TO DECIMALS
Students identify the decimal on each card. The decimal is on a number line in the first two games and written as a fraction in the third game. This lets students convert fractions to decimals. It also helps them practice identifying where decimals fall on the number line. When they figure out the answer (example: 0.34), they scan the QR code on the card and will be given an alphabet letter. Students find 0.34 on the Mystery Phrase sheet and fill in the corresponding letter. After all the cards have been answered, the Mystery Phrase will reveal a secret phrase to students. There are three mystery phrases included in this pack! This aligns with 4.NF.6 and 4.NF.7.
In this game, students have to make a tally chart of all of the bunny heights. Once this is complete, the students have to create a line plot of their data using the graphing sheet. This is a great way for students to practice creating line plots and measurement standards. This game is different from the third grade version because it includes fractions that are more difficult (1/4, ½, ¾). It aligns with 4.MD.4.
ADD AND SUBTRACT MIXED NUMBERS
This is an April Fool’s game that helps students practice adding and subtracting fractions. Each time a student answers a question card on fractions, students get to roll dice and move forward on the game board. They may also choose to take a chance card from the middle. The chance card can help or hurt their chances of winning and spices things up! Great practice in math for mixed numbers. (4.NF.3)
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