Every holiday I found myself wanting holiday-themed math to use with my class. I found worksheets here and there, but never anything that really caught my students' (or my) attention. So one day I decided to try my hand at writing my own math problems using my students' names, as that is always a motivator for students. Those math problems evolved into math stories with a holiday theme, still using my students' names. I use the stories as group cooperative activities, but they could be used as independent work. The math stories are one of my students' favorite activities, and I find them an excellent way to keep my students working on math while still having fun as the holiday grows near.
This is a math story that is customizable for your class. You will use your students' names to increase student motivation and buy-in. The story is designed to be engaging for students while encouraging cooperative work and logic in problem-solving. This particular story is about a class adventure centered around a field trip that ends up with an escape from a haunted house. There is a lot of story to go along with the math word problems because I want every student's name in the story. I also want an interesting story into which math is integrated, not just a bunch of word problems grouped together.
The document is saved in Microsoft Word format so that you can replace my placeholders in the story with your own students' names. Instructions are included, and the whole process should take less than 10 minutes to make the story ready for your class. There are 10 Halloween word problems that are incorporated as a part of the story. Your students will enjoy reading their part in the story, as well as solving the math word problems using logic and basic computation. A separate student worksheet and answer key are included.