Category : Math Crafts

Seasonal Classwork

I think it’s important to celebrate the events that are going around us as we teach. I think it’s important to celebrate the beginning of the year, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holidays or seasons. By celebrating these through our curriculum, students enjoy their school work more since they can celebrate these holidays and seasons while learning.

Back to School is a season to me. Some students are excited about it, some are scared and some really just don’t want to be there. The important part is for them to work through their emotions and celebrate it.

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Using seasonal interactive notebooks are a great way to gets students involved in the current holiday or season. This particular one, since it is back to school themed could really be used throughout the year, but it is extra special for students to use it during the back to school year.

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I have to admit during the different holidays, it can be hard to focus students are the tasks, especially at Halloween and Christmas. So, during these times I try to have seasonal activities that are extra engaging. Here are a very pictures of a very engaging math booklet that students can use. They can turn the different sections of the pages to create different problems. Fun + learning = happy students. Although I know it’s impossible to make everyone happy and that isn’t our goal as teachers, but it does make for better learning.

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These little peek-a-boo school houses are a great way to review skills from the previous year, but keeping up with the back to school theme. The neat thing about these as students can go back and review these skills later on in the school year.

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To me, not only are seasonal activities great for students, but a variety of different activities. This activity has puzzle pieces and not only teaches or reviews a different skill, but uses a different method of learning – very hands-on as opposed to those dreaded worksheets that students get sick of way too often.

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I believe most if not all students enjoy coloring, so seasonal interactive activities give them the opportunity to do this while getting excited about the current holiday or season.

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Here’s my September Interactive Notebook: Back to School Interactive Math Notebook Third Grade Common Core

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Mining for Shapes Math Craft Workshop

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Teaching shapes and sizes to your kids

Here’s another fun and easy craft for your students to put together and either paste in their math journals or hang up as a decoration on the wall of the classroom, available here as a free download.

Lately my son has become a big fan of the game Minecraft. Playing Minecraft is a little bit like playing with LEGO bricks on your computer – you have the ability to create anything your little brain can imagine. One of the things my son loves the most about Minecraft is the ability to go exploring in caves and crevices deep underground and finding gold, diamonds, and lapis lazuli. It is a fun and creative outlet for his imagination.

My son’s love of Minecraft inspired me to design this craft. With this activity your kids can go “mining for shapes”. Cut out the gems, the miners, the minecarts and the mining tools, and send your kids deep into the depths of the earth to find shapes of different sizes and colors. Then, fill the minecarts with the precious stones according to the labels written on the cart. If the label reads “triangle”, fill that cart only with triangle-shaped gems. If the label reads “four”, fill the cart with gems that have four sides; squares, trapezoids and diamonds. Then your students can create a “mining scene” to put on the wall of the classroom, or if you’re doing this at home with your kids, why not tack it to the wall or place it on the fridge with magnets?

Math Craft Workshops

If you’re a teacher or parent teaching mathematics to your students or children, why not do it in a fun and creative way? That way, as they grow older, they will retain the notion that they can have fun while doing math. Math craft workshops are places where kids can learn left-brained stuff in a right-brained environment.

Math crafts can be completed in a classroom setting, or by kids at home working in their math journals or doing Mathbooking (a creative cross between mathematics and scrapbooking). As they’re cutting, pasting and coloring, they’ll also be adding, subtracting and learning about numbers.

I hope that your kids enjoy this craft! I know my son’s eyes lit up when he saw all of the different colored gems.

Spaceship Addition Math Craft Workshop

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Adding numbers… in space!

Here’s a fun and easy craft for your children or students to put together and either paste in their math journals or hang up as a decoration on the wall of the classroom. Cut out the parts of a spaceship and piece them together, then add up the numbers in each spaceship part to come up with a sum to enter into the tailpiece of the spaceship. The spaceship parts can contain easy (single digit) or challenging (double digit) numbers, and can be printed out in color or in black and white so that your students can complete the coloring themselves.

Math Craft Workshops

If you’re a teacher or parent teaching mathematics to your students or children, why not do it in a fun and creative way? That way, as they grow older, they will retain the notion that they can have fun while doing math. Math craft workshops are places where kids can learn left-brained stuff in a right-brained atmosphere.

Math crafts can be completed in a classroom setting, or by kids at home in their math journals or doing Mathbooking (a creative cross between mathematics and scrapbooking). As they’re cutting, pasting and coloring, they’ll also be adding, subtracting and learning about numbers.

3… 2… 1… blastoff!