Oh Christmas tree oh Christmas tree how lovely are your branches?
Simple put, we just don’t do movies in maths lessons, not even if it is the last day of term before Christmas. We continue to teach, of course with a Christmas theme, we are not complete Scrooges! Here is a collection of Christmaths activities I have used and found successful!
This year we are using the Christmas themed functional skills projects for year 7, 8 and 9 developed by Lynn Groove High School teachers. Available from www.functionalmathematics.co.uk . We have adapted the resources slightly to reduce photocopying by including some f the tasks within the PowerPoint for display on the interactive whiteboard.
Year 7 The Cost of Christmas Applying skills of time and money to make predictions.
Year 8 Christmas Presents To work out a budget, surface area and distances.
Year 9 Christmas Elves Using probability to make predictions.
This library of ready to print and cut tessellation templates is a useful starting point.
Challenge pupils to cut only equilateral triangles into their own online snowflake.
New update: This site generates random Christmas jigsaw of tessellating pieces
Christmas Coordinate Cards
Fold your own origami snowflake using a paper hexagon of side 10cm, watch the video below. Be warned this is not for the feint hearted.
Wow thank you @tj007 for the pointer on making your own 3D snowflake .
Another great activity is challenging the students to make a real snowflake (one with 6 lines of symmetry) be ready for a messy classroom but lots of learning!
Ask pupils to construct some 3D dodechedrons to make piles of snow around the school Christmas tree. Template available here.
Santa’s Christmas Journey Bearings
Mathwire.com has an astounding collection of winter maths activities. There is something here for everyone from primary school to secondary school. I particularly like the 12 days of Christmas, finding the total cost of the presents.
Ho ho ho Merry Christmas, hope you find something that engages your pupils into the Christmas/Winter Spirit!
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