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Christmas Math Activities | Christmas Math Worksheets | December Math

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Use these PRINT & GO Christmas math challenge problems to engage your high flying 2nd and 3rd grade students with advanced math problem solving FUN this December. These Christmas math challenges & brain teasers have engaging holiday themes students love, and are a perfect way to extend and enrich your advanced second and third grade mathematicians' learning!

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The Christmas Math Challenge and Brainteaser Pack includes 29 NO PREP math printables with answer keys you can use for second and third grade math centers, homework worksheets, fast finishers, number talks, Christmas activities, math enrichment contracts, small groups, or whole class problem solving.

Christmas and winter holiday themes include: stockings, Santa, reindeer, elves, candy canes, winter clothing, charitable giving, and presents

Recommended as a challenge for 2nd and 3rd grade students.

Included in this pack:

13 Math Challenges

  • Wrappin' It Up (Adding two-digit numbers within 100, guess and check)
  • Santa's Got a Brand New Bag (Place value, adding multiple 1-digit numbers to 10, guess and check)
  • Toy Store Totals (Adding and subtracting money within $5.00, guess and check)
  • Holiday Dinner (Logical thinking, multiplication and division)
  • Caring Kids (Guess and check, organizing data, adding multiple 2-digit numbers)
  • Gingerbread Cookies (Addition and multiplication with 1 and 2-digit numbers)
  • Reindeer Food (Multiplication with 1, 2, and 3-digit numbers, division, converting ounces to pounds)
  • Candy Cane Forest #1 (Multi-step multiplication with 1 and 2-digit numbers)
  • Candy Cane Forest #2 (Multi-step multiplication with 2 and 3-digit numbers)
  • Snowy Day Suit Up (Combinations, organizing data)
  • Santa Scramble #1 (Addition with multiple 1 and 2-digit numbers, guess and check, easier)
  • Santa Scramble #2 (Addition with multiple 1 and 2-digit numbers, guess and check, more difficult)
  • Santa Scramble #3 (Addition with multiple 1 and 2-digit numbers, guess and check, most difficult)

All math challenges come with a lined page for written responses focused on strategies students used to solve the problem

16 Brainteasers

  • Stocking Sleuth (Logical thinking, guess and check)
  • Mystery Gifts (Guess and check, addition, subtraction, logical thinking)
  • Elf Overtime #1 (Time, addition, converting seconds to minutes, easier)
  • Elf Overtime #2 (Time, addition, converting seconds to minutes, more difficult)
  • Reindeer Stalls #1 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding 1-digit numbers)
  • Reindeer Stalls #2 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding 1-digit numbers)
  • Reindeer Stalls #3 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding 1-digit numbers)
  • Elf Equations #1 (Addition and subtraction to 15, balancing equations, easier)
  • Elf Equations #2 (Addition and subtraction to 20, balancing equations, more difficult)
  • GIFT #1 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
  • GIFT #2 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
  • GIFT #3 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
  • SLEIGH #1 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
  • SLEIGH #2 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
  • NORTH POLE #1 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, most difficult)
  • NORTH POLE #2 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, most difficult)

Also includes

  • Student resource page with common conversions and extra info students might need to help solve these problems. Perfect to use for homework or centers!
  • Answer keys for every problem!

Check out the preview to see all challenges, brainteasers, and answer keys.

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Here are a few ideas for how you might use these challenges and brainteasers in your own classroom:

*Use these as extension activities for math contracts. Make a pack of challenge problems for advanced students to use as a fast finisher or during certain in-class math lessons when they’ve already mastered the material. You can read more about this strategy and receive a free editable math contract at my blog HERE.

*Use a challenge or brainteaser as a homework option for students who need a challenge, or let them replace a simple homework assignment with the challenge to show parents how well you’re differentiating.

*Use a math challenge or brainteaser as a “number talk” problem to start out your daily math class. Work through it as a class or let students work in partners or small groups to talk through it and solve it together.

*Give a challenge or brainteaser to a small group of students as one of their independent math workshop rotations or use them with your advanced small math group rotation.

*Use the problems as an independent practice activity during a unit on problem solving strategies (guess and check, work backwards, etc.) or attacking a multi-step problem.

*Keep a stack of challenge problems in your classroom fast finisher area for any student who wants a challenge.

*Choose one or two challenge problems for the month and reward any student who can solve both. You can put these on a bulletin board or have them available as additional incentives.

*Use the holiday themed challenges as a choice activity during a holiday party or to keep your sanity during that holiday down time.

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Attend to precision. Mathematically proficient students try to communicate precisely to others. They try to use clear definitions in discussion with others and in their own reasoning. They state the meaning of the symbols they choose, including using the equal sign consistently and appropriately. They are careful about specifying units of measure, and labeling axes to clarify the correspondence with quantities in a problem. They calculate accurately and efficiently, express numerical answers with a degree of precision appropriate for the problem context. In the elementary grades, students give carefully formulated explanations to each other. By the time they reach high school they have learned to examine claims and make explicit use of definitions.
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. Mathematically proficient students understand and use stated assumptions, definitions, and previously established results in constructing arguments. They make conjectures and build a logical progression of statements to explore the truth of their conjectures. They are able to analyze situations by breaking them into cases, and can recognize and use counterexamples. They justify their conclusions, communicate them to others, and respond to the arguments of others. They reason inductively about data, making plausible arguments that take into account the context from which the data arose. Mathematically proficient students are also able to compare the effectiveness of two plausible arguments, distinguish correct logic or reasoning from that which is flawed, and-if there is a flaw in an argument-explain what it is. Elementary students can construct arguments using concrete referents such as objects, drawings, diagrams, and actions. Such arguments can make sense and be correct, even though they are not generalized or made formal until later grades. Later, students learn to determine domains to which an argument applies. Students at all grades can listen or read the arguments of others, decide whether they make sense, and ask useful questions to clarify or improve the arguments.
Reason abstractly and quantitatively. Mathematically proficient students make sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations. They bring two complementary abilities to bear on problems involving quantitative relationships: the ability to decontextualize-to abstract a given situation and represent it symbolically and manipulate the representing symbols as if they have a life of their own, without necessarily attending to their referents-and the ability to contextualize, to pause as needed during the manipulation process in order to probe into the referents for the symbols involved. Quantitative reasoning entails habits of creating a coherent representation of the problem at hand; considering the units involved; attending to the meaning of quantities, not just how to compute them; and knowing and flexibly using different properties of operations and objects.
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary. Older students might, depending on the context of the problem, transform algebraic expressions or change the viewing window on their graphing calculator to get the information they need. Mathematically proficient students can explain correspondences between equations, verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs or draw diagrams of important features and relationships, graph data, and search for regularity or trends. Younger students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem. Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.
Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.

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