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Christmas Christmaths Collection 2014

14 Dec

The week ahead is the last week for many schools before the Christmas holidays and so we have collected some of our favourite Christmaths activities. We would also like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year which brings new and exciting developments for NumberLoving, watch this space!

Christmas Mysteries

Laura has created two mysteries called “how many elves” and “white Christmas”. Mysteries is a thinking skills activities in which pupils use the clue cards, organising the information, making calculations where necessary in order to answer the questions posed. These can be downloaded here .

how many elvesHow many elves?
In this task students must use knowledge of number, percentages and time to work out how many elves Santa needs to hire to make all the Christmas gifts on time!

White Christmas
In this task students have to use the clues to work out where in the UK is most likely to have a white Christmas this year.  All data is accurate. Students could then plot the places on a map to see if they notice any patterns in the probabilities they have calculated.

The Christmas Pirate Game

This game has been adapted from Mr Paul Collins original Pirate Game to give it a Christmas edge. The Christmas version of the game can be downloaded from TES here. Mr Collins blog of Christmas & maths activities is definitely worth checking out here.

Christmas Maths Relay Race

Chris Smith’s relay races include a Christmas themed relay race and can be downloaded from the TES here. For more details on how to run a relay race check out our post on using relays for revision here.

Graphing

Challenge your pupils to use graphing software to create a Christmas tree like this one on Desmos here.

Looking for more ideas?

Also check out our previous posts “Christmaths Collection” and “Christmaths Collection Part 2” for more ideas of Christmas themed maths activities.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Christmaths Collection Part 2

11 Dec

Not forgetting the fabulous 12 games of christmas on the TES, these 12 games are designed for primary but you can select the level of difficulty so they are suitable as a starter for your KS3 classes, I will be kicking off my lessons with one of these each day leading upto Christmas. Great fun!

Christmaths Collection

11 Dec

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.

Christmas Tessellations

 These create excellent instant display work, be sure to challenge the pupils to come up with their own.

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

A Christmas_card_coordinates and Christmas_card_ideas both taken from primary resources site.

Snowflakes

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!

Snowball Dodechedrons

Ask pupils to construct some 3D dodechedrons to make piles of snow around the school Christmas tree. Template available here.

Christmas Worksheets It could be said to not be the most exciting however great for form time, Christ-Maths, John Taylor’s downloadable worksheets

Santa’s Christmas Journey Bearings

This resource contributed by alutwyche on the TES resource site, great journey using bearings, check out his other resources too great imagination to engage pupils.

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.

Colleen Young’s latest post Christmas is coming in her blog Mathematics, Learning and Web 2.0 has some great Christmas ideas. I love the nRich advent calendar, a puzzle a day!

Ho ho ho Merry Christmas, hope you find something that engages your pupils into the Christmas/Winter Spirit!

Happy Holidays all Number Loving readers! Get in touch @numberloving

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