This is a very fun and mathematical way to lead into the holidays.
As a take-off on the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, “The Twelve Days of Math Class” recounts all the gifts received by a student from his or her math teacher…
“On the twelfth day of math class, my teacher gave to me: 12 calculators, 11 plastic rulers, 10 sets of markers, 9 mini whiteboards, 8 pink erasers, 7 sharpened pencils, 6 packs of paper, 5 binder rings, 4 number cubes, 3 red pens, 2 paper clips, and a notebook for math assignments.”
This resource contains two bar graphs based on “The Twelve Days of Math Class”. The graphs are entitled “Number of Gifts Received Each Day” and “Total Number of Each Gift Received.” Each graph is accompanied by a worksheet of ten questions that line up with common core standard 3.MD.B.3. The questions involve interpreting information from a bar graph.
Also included in this resource are the following: a printable document of the lyrics of the song, a slideshow with the lyrics of the song for singing along, a slideshow containing pictures of the twelve gifts, a link to an instrumental accompaniment for the song, and ideas for using this resource.
This resource can be used effectively in various settings – whole class instruction, math centers, cooperative learning groups, or as individual student-work.
The documents in this resource are in these formats – editable Microsoft Word 2016, editable Microsoft PowerPoint 2016, and Adobe Acrobat PDF.
Check out this link to a 4th - 7th grade version of this activity which contains a bank of 45 higher level math problems:
Link-The Twelve Days of Math Class – Grades 4 - 7