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Teacherbee_4 12-20-2020 06:51 AM

Christmas Math Extra Credit
I was thinking of giving a Christmas math extra credit sheet/activity for the kids. I want something that will make them think, but won't necessarily be very involved, meaning I know there are a lot of Christmas math projects out there, but I want something less involved than that but still getting them to think and do math.

I vaguely remember at one point having seen a problem about "How many legs are in the 12 days of Christmas song?" I was thinking that could be a good one. Any other ideas or places to look? I teach 4th grade.

ETA: I just Googled "How many legs in the 12 Days of Christmas Song" to see if I could find a handout to give kids, and the answer pops up on numerous websites complete with the work. I'd rather not not do that one now. Any other ideas that can't be Googled?

tctrojan 12-20-2020 07:12 AM

Cost of presents
Assign a cost to each gift and have them find the total cost. I have seen if on line, but if you assign the value they cannot look it up online.

KetchupChips 12-20-2020 08:08 AM

My 2 cents: let the kids enjoy no school/homework. They need the mental break. Parents need the break. If you want, post it as an optional activity, no credit. <!--snowmancookie--><!--poinsettia-->

Keltikmom 12-20-2020 08:37 AM

Extra credit math
First, make it optional and not for credit. Maybe some families want to do something, I suspect most are as tired as you are.

Have them figure out exactly how many gifts “My True Love” sent to his girlfriend. Make them show their work...cause it’s easy to find answer on internet.

School Time 12-20-2020 08:38 AM

How many gifts in The Twelve Days of Christmas? Not as easy as it seems. I have a coy of a book by jack Kent. Do you realize that she gets 12 partridges in a pear tree? One each day. We make predictions then I read it and we make tally marks. I count the partridge and the tree as one since she gets them together. (In the book, it is a little boy giving books to a little girl. By the end, she is running away from all the gifts.)

rana712 12-20-2020 08:57 AM

Ha, ha
I am giving my 4th graders some long division to do over break. They missed 28 division lessons in third grade and have understandably struggled with division in 4th. We are just gaining confidence with long division and remainders and I do not want them regress. We have only 3 days to teach multidigit division when they get back.

I am also asking them to read 2 books over the break. I am not seeing reading progress with the majority of my students. There have been so many "ins and outs" over the last 3 months with quarantines and isolations. It has been very hard for everyone. They get to choose the books- they can be a graphic novel, something. I would even accept picture books!

I know most of my students want to do well, but are still feeling the effects of last years closure and this year's disruptions. No one will be penalized if they don't do the work and no one will get a bonus. I try to instill an internalized desire to take responsibility for your own learning. I help to provide the framework, but you have to take up the mantle.

Teacherbee_4 12-20-2020 09:08 AM

Thanks for the ideas!

Just to clarify, I wasn't planning on having this for them do to over break. I'd assign it tomorrow and have it due before break. It would of course be optional because it's extra credit.

I found some Christmas math logic puzzles for free on TPT. I plan on picking out two and sending them home tomorrow.

msd2 12-20-2020 09:11 AM

Please. No. Don't give them any type of extra credit for over the break. The kids you want to do it won't. The kids who don't need to do it will.

If you want them to think about math over Christmas, talk to them about math that people use before the break and maybe while events are happening a few will think about the math that is involved in Christmas. Buying (costs), wrapping (how much tape is enough or how much paper do you need), cooking (measurements used), miles Santa travels, how big of a tree, how many lights, how much food to make, etc Tie the type of math into the things they will see: calculations and accounting, geometry and measurement, estimation, etc

Let them know you look forward to hearing some of their observations or how they applied math over the holidays and leave it at that.

Don't make them do work, just let them know that math is involved in so much. Maybe they can share when they get back.

ConnieWI 12-20-2020 10:38 AM

Idea #1
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Color the Squares Mystery

ConnieWI 12-20-2020 10:41 AM

Idea #2
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Christmas Division

On page 1 of this attachment, the division sign looks like a subtraction sign so you will need to do some editing.

I printed it and then just added the dots above and below the subtraction sign to make it into a division sign.

ConnieWI 12-20-2020 10:44 AM

Idea #3
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Twelve Days of Christmas

Teacherbee_4 12-20-2020 03:19 PM

Thanks Connie
Thanks, Connie! :)

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