Need a great way to help students practice their measurement skills? Looking for a way to keep your math students engaged the week before Winter Break? Want to increase your students' ability to read carefully and follow directions? Look no further!
This resource gives step-by-step directions for creating a Santa face or a Snowperson face using rulers and protractors. Students practice reading carefully, measuring in centimeters, measuring in inches, drawing angles with protractors, naming line segments and angles, creating triangles given criteria, and drawing circles.
Zipped folder includes .pdf one-page copies for Santa instructions and Snowperson instructions, as well as some photos of a mocked-up version of the activity strictly for teacher reference. The instructions are not labelled. As designed, students must begin creating their craft before knowing exactly what they're creating. For teacher convenience, the Snowperson version has snowflakes in the top margin; the Santa version has no pictures. As you can see in the preview file, the "sister versions" can be used to differentiate instruction for students who celebrate Christmas and those who don't. Teachers in Christian religious settings may choose to use strictly the Santa version and teachers using the craft in a school where teachers are encouraged not to cater to Christian holidays (as well as those wishing to use this as a Winter craft in January!) might choose to use strictly the Snowperson version.
No matter what, please note that teachers are urged not to show any of these photos to students. Much of the value of this activity is in reading the directions carefully and using logic/problem solving when they're confused. For instance, one direction tells students to create a right angle. The directions do not make plain where to draw the second leg of the angle, but the directions DO tell students that the second leg of the angle must be 5.5 inches long. If the angle must be 90 degrees and the side must be 5.5 inches, there is only one place to draw the new side; the two other possible directions would require the side to be drawn off the edge of the paper. Teachers should certainly assist students who have IEPs for whom this kind of problem solving is especially difficult, but for most students, the teacher should encourage them to read it again and keep trying (wiht a twinkle in your eye!). In this manner, this activity also encourages productive frustration, fosters persistence, and builds a growth mindset.