Looking for an activity to use before OR after the winter break? This is a great hands-on activity that involves winter math word problems without any reference to religious holidays such as Christmas or Kwanzaa.
Students will solve the problems and record their answers on the provided answer sheet. The fun part is "scooting around the room" to find and solve the problems.
Here are three sample problems:
1. Bruce found a snow globe at the store. It was on sale for $3.35. If he bought 2 snow globes and paid with a $10, how much change did he receive?
2. Brian, Bethany, Ben, Brianna, and Bill were in line to go sledding. Brian was behind Ben, and Ben was behind Brianna. Bill was ahead of Bethany, and Bethany was ahead of Brianna. Who was first?
3. The Smiths spent 8 hours driving to Snow Mountain. They also stopped for a 45 min. lunch, a 10 min. bathroom break, and a 17 min. “wait for the elk to pass through” break. If they left at 8 a.m., what time did they arrive?
Full directions are included on the first page.
As a variation to this activity, you may want to “time” the students so that they are all rotating at the same time. You may want to blow a whistle or clap after 1-2 minutes signaling it is time for students to find another problem in the classroom.
You may also want to consider pairing up your students to work on some of the challenging problems or requiring that students complete only 15 of the 20.
If you are working with a smaller set of students, you may also want to consider posting the answers on the back of each card and allowing students to check their own work once 1-2 minutes have passed.