This resource is not just for the Christmas holidays. We have math class all year long.
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 a Bank of Math Problems based on “The Twelve Days of Math Class”. It includes 45 problems (and answers) that involve the following concepts:
- Comparing numbers
- Addition of whole numbers
- Subtraction of whole numbers
- Multiplication of whole numbers
- Addition of decimals
- Subtraction of decimals
- Multiplication of decimals
- Division of decimals
- Finding ratios
- Finding mean, median, mode, and range
- Finding first quartile, third quartile, interquartile range
- Creating a box-and-whisker plot
The skill level for the 45 problems ranges from 4th to 7th grade. It is just a matter of creating your own worksheets of problems customized to the level of your students by cutting and pasting appropriate problems from the Problem Bank. Or, you can use any of the problems as a template and further customize them to make them more applicable to your situation. As a whole-class activity, the problems can be projected on your screen and solved by the class together.
Also included in this resource are the following: 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 and the price of each gift, 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. Use of calculators is also an option.
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 for a third grade version of this activity that focuses on interpreting bar graphs:
Link-The Twelve Days of Math Class – 3rd Grade – Bar Graphs