Updated: Dec 2, 2020
Last year I created a Number of the Day (Christmas edition) for my students. I wanted to include some festive fun but still keep my lessons academic where I could. Although I would love to be Christmas crafting listening to Mariah throughout the whole of December with my students, my inner teacher just can’t let my Math lessons go that easily! And so, the Number Christmas Tree was born!
Keep reading to the end and you can grab this resource for free.
Why use the Christmas Number of the Day?
As teachers, we tend to focus our key work in developing number skills at the beginning of the school year. However, strong number skills support our students to grow in all areas of Mathematics. By continually working on these skills and building students' confidence to work with numbers, you will be supporting their future learning in Math. Not only that, this task requires fluency and rigour, is easily differentiated, all the while being fun for the students!
Different ways you can use this resource:
Enlarge a copy and model / complete one as a class
Ask students to roll dice to come up with a number to work with
Allow students to work in pairs to complete
Complete and then create a Christmas Math display (a number alternative to a class Christmas Tree)
Differentiate by getting students to work with different sized numbers (the resource includes templates for 2-digit, 3-digit and 4-digit numbers)
Use as a ‘number pre-test’ and pass onto the teachers for next year (this one is for our Southern Hemisphere friends)
Use as an informal assessment to inform you of where your students are at with their learning or if you have any class learning gaps you need to focus on.
This is a great lesson, that requires little prep (we know all teachers love that) and a scaffold for students to work independently, in a guided group or peer mentoring partnerships. My students thoroughly enjoyed it and best of all fed my inner Christmas loving spirit. I hope you and your students enjoy it too!
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