Friday, November 23, 2012

Three Math Activities for the Christmas Season

You can spread a little holiday cheer in your winter math lessons.  There are a ton of ideas out there to enliven math class during the last few days of the semester, and get everyone in the mood for Christmas.

  • Create Christmas trees in the cute coordinate graphic activity.  This teacher had a wonderful winter bulletin board full of these decorated Christmas trees and fireplaces.  It's a good way to have them practice graphing as well as making their own artwork.
  • How acute is students' spatial intelligence?  Test it out with this Snowflake Math Activity, which challenges them to anticipate which design will result from cuts on piece of paper.  It's taking the handy old paper snowflake technique and making it much more complex.
  • Speaking of snowflakes, have you ever heard of a 6-Sided Kirigami Snowflake?  MathCraft shows you how to make one.  They are signed to reflect the hexagonal symmetry of real snowflakes.  Picture tutorial included.

Have you seen more math lessons that are great for this time of year?

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Veronica.

    Our paths haven't crossed for a couple of years, but thought I'd leave a comment to say 'hi' and best wishes for the New Year.

    You were the first, of what proved to be many, commenters on my relief (substitute) teaching blog waayyy back in 2010. :)

    The blog has moved since then (to, but I wanted to say thanks for the support back then - it meant a lot, and helped me continue on my teaching journey over the years since.


    Michael Graffin
    @mgraffin / @gcporganisers