Christmas Math doesn't have to be boring! This Christmas Math Project will keep your students engaged and begging for more throughout the month of December, as they complete relevant, meaningful, and FUN tasks using area, perimeter, fractions, money, operations, and so much more! These essential skills are reinforced with activities like planning for holiday gift shopping, choosing Christmas sweaters for friends, and finding the perfect tree.
The Christmas Project is a real-life math project that includes nine different holiday-related tasks. This project is the perfect solution to those chaotic days before winter holidays, keeping your students interested and motivated.
Ideas for Use
Math projects are an ideal way to consolidate learning. I recommend using them as an engaging activity AFTER skills have been learned rather than during learning. You will likely find that engagement is very high and that your students ask to do more of these!
- Use the individual tasks as part of your December math centers. Place one task at each center and have students rotate through them.
- Make a booklet for each student that includes all the tasks from this math project. Allow your students to choose the order that they complete the tasks, and use it as early finisher activities or morning work.
- Keep students engaged during those final days before Christmas holidays by allowing them to work through this package with a partner.
Here's exactly what you'll find inside this Christmas Math Project:
TASK #1: OUTDOOR DECORATING
Plan everything that you need to decorate the outside of your house - lights, a wreath, front lawn ornaments, and more! But you’ll have to stay within your budget!
Skills: area, perimeter, converting measurements, money
TASK #2: CHRISTMAS BAKING
Decide which recipes you’ll use and plan your shopping list!
Skills: fractions, doubling fractions, adding fractions
TASK #3: THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE
It’s all about the Christmas tree! First, locate some different options for Christmas trees. Then take an inventory of your decorations.
Skills: coordinate planes, directions, graphing and data interpretation
TASK #4: FESTIVE CHRISTMAS SWEATERS
Who doesn’t love a good Christmas sweater?! Decide which sweater is best for each of your friends!
Skills: graphing, money
TASK #5: CHRISTMAS DINNER
Christmas dinner is coming, and you’re the host! First, plan a table arrangement. Then plan the shopping list!
Skills: area, perimeter, multiplication, measurement, converting measurements, money
TASK #6: CHRISTMAS GIFTS
You’re in charge of buying gifts for your 5 cousins! Use the Holiday Gift Guide to choose the perfect combination of gifts for each person.
Skills: money, addition, subtraction, multiplication
TASK #7: SLEIGH RIDE
You’re planning a Family and Friends Sleigh Ride! But first, you’ll have to map out your route!
Skills: coordinate planes, mapping
TASK #8: CHRISTMAS MOVIE MARATHON
It’s Christmas movie season, and you’re planning on spending an ENTIRE day watching Christmas movies! Plan your schedule so that you can be sure that you have time to watch them all!
Skills: converting minutes to hours, elapsed time
TASK #9: BUILD A GINGERBREAD HOUSE
Use the supplies in the Deluxe Gingerbread House Kit to plan the PERFECT gingerbread house!
Skills: subtraction, division
This package also includes modified pages for any of the activities that work with money. This means that your younger or struggling students can be successful using even dollar amounts rather than working with decimals.
What Teachers Are Saying
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "This product was just what I was looking for! I used these projects to practice skills learned in class and later for students who finished their work early. The students loved the tasks!" Mrs. K.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "This was awesome! My class loved it, and I loved the variety in the activities and how it assessed a range of math concepts in a variety of ways. Thank you for this excellent resource!" Karen M.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "My students always love a challenge and this resource was it! They had so much fun trying to work through the engaging tasks. This was also great for group and partner work!" Brigid P.