Engage your third graders in a "Snowball fight" to apply various third grade math skills to solve common core aligned math problems.
Directions for a “Snowball fight”:
Pass out recording sheets for the students to write their names on.
Pass out the questions, a.k.a. “Snowballs” that the students will answer but tell students not to begin yet.
Review rules (no throwing at peoples faces... no running... etc..)
Students crumble up the question (snowball) that you gave them (NOT the recording sheet!
Give students 15 seconds or less to throw snowballs.
Call out "macaroni and cheese" and they respond "everybody freeze!" (Of course you could do your own thing there!) They grab the nearest snowball and head back to their desks. They solve their math problem, record their answer on their recording sheet, and crumble the paper back up.
***If students get the same snowball that they already solved, they can switch snowballs with a neighbor.
I also included the same questions on smaller cards to allow the option to print, laminate, and use as a math center or Scoot.
Skills covered included:
1 step Word problems
2 step word problems
21 total "snowballs" or questions