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The Best Math Christmas Word Problems for 5th grade

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The Best Math Christmas Word Problems for 5th grade

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Are you looking for super fun and engaging free Math Christmas Math Worksheets for 5th Grade (level 5) that are printable and easy to share?

Word problems help students think logically and creatively while applying their math skills to real-world scenarios (which is super fun when those scenarios are Christmas-related).

So go ahead and add some of the fun 5th Grade Christmas Word Problems (Grade 5) to your upcoming lesson plans before winter break or Christmas vacation (these activities are perfect for the last day before your kids leave for vacation).

Each 5th Grade Christmas Maths Word Problem (Grade 5) can be used a key component of your lesson, as a warm-up, do-now, or anticipatory set, as a cool-down, or even as a homework assignment.

The word problems cover topics including adding and subtracting fractions, equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting decimals, and multiplication and division.

The Christmas Math Word Problems for 5th Grade are super cute and engaging and your 5th graders will love them!


1.) Christmas Math Word Problem #1: Shop Till You Drop!

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Answer:

X + 2X + 3X = 720 —- X=120

Alvin spent $120, Lorie spent $240, and Chris spent $360

Try It! Share this free Christmas Word Problem with your 5th graders by right-clicking the image to save it to your computer or to print.

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2.) Christmas Math Word Problem #2: Reindeer Feed

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Answer: 5/30 pounds were fed at dinner

Try It! Share this free Christmas Word Problem with your 5th graders by right-clicking the image to save it to your computer or to print.


Are you looking for more daily math challenges and puzzles to share with your kids?

My best-selling workbook 101 Math Challenges for Engaging Your Students is now available as a PDF download. You can get yours today by clicking here.


3.) Christmas Math Word Problem #3: Cookie Bake

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Answer: Rej would need 2.4 cups of sugar and 0.06 cups of cinnamon.

Try It! Share this free Christmas Word Problem with your 5th graders by right-clicking the image to save it to your computer or to print.


What 5th Grade Christmas Math Activities are you sharing with your kids this year? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below!

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By Anthony Persico

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Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.

 
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5 Awesome Christmas Math Activities for 5th Grade

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5 Awesome Christmas Math Activities for 5th Grade

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Are you looking for some fun, engaging, printable, and free Christmas Math Activities for 5th Grade (level 5)?

If so, the following collection of 5th grade Christmas Math activities will be a perfect addition to your lesson plans leading up to Christmas vacation (these activities are great for sharing on the last day before students leave for break.

Each 5th Grade Christmas Math Activity can be used a key component of your lesson, as a warm-up, do-now, or anticipatory set, as a cool-down, or even as a homework assignment.

The Christmas Math activities are super fun and engaging and your 5th graders will love them!


1.) 12 Days of Holiday Math Challenges

The following printable Christmas math worksheets for 5th grade will add some merry mathematics into your upcoming lessons.

Each Christmas Math worksheet shares a holiday math puzzle and solution.

Try It! Click here to access all 12 Days of Holiday Math Challenges!

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2.) The Grinch Math Puzzle for 5th Grade

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Use your math skills to find the value of each icon.

Grinch = 11

Hat = 2

Tree = 9

? = 22

Try It! Share this free Christmas Math Activity with your 5th graders by right-clicking the image to save it to your computer or to print.


Are you looking for more daily math challenges and puzzles to share with your kids?

My best-selling workbook 101 Math Challenges for Engaging Your Students is now available as a PDF download. You can get yours today by clicking here.


3.) Which One Doesn’t Belong? (WODB)

Instead of working on practice problems during a lesson's warm-up, students will be shown 4 somewhat related images and have to apply their reasoning skills to decide which of the images does not belong.

And here’s the catch….WODB activities do not have a single correct answer. The activity is designed to be interpreted in a variety of different ways in order to spark deep mathematical thinking and discussion (in small groups, whole class, or both).

Want to learn more about WODB and get more free samples? click here

Try It! Try using the WODB graphic below prior to a lesson on percentages.

 
  Click here  to get more free WODB graphics like this.

Click here to get more free WODB graphics like this.

 

Are you looking for more daily WODB? math graphics?

You can now share 101 daily WODB warm-up activities for grades 1-9 with your kids with our PDF workbook!


4.) Christmas Math Activity for 5th Grade: Multiplication Table

Multiplication tables work like a Bingo board, where the value of each box represents the product of its corresponding row and column.

Try It! Share this free Christmas Math Activity with your 5th graders by right-clicking the image to save it to your computer or to print.

Key:

Gingerbread House=6

Gingerbread Man=12

Hot Cocoa=4

Gum Drop=24

Candy Cane=16

Hard Candy=18

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5.) Holiday Math Riddle for Grade 5

This 5th Grade Christmas Math Riddle is a fan favorite! Try it with your grade 5 students today!

Try It! Share this free Christmas Math Activity with your 5th graders by right-clicking the image to save it to your computer or to print.

Key: X + 2X + 3X = 720 —- X=120

Alvin spent $120, Lorie spent $240, and Chris spent $360

 
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What 5th Grade Christmas Math Activities are you sharing with your kids this year? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below!

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By Anthony Persico

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Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.

 
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5 Effective Strategies for Improving Your Math Warm Up Activities

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5 Effective Strategies for Improving Your Math Warm Up Activities

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Are your daily math warm up activities engaging enough to truly capture your students’ focus?

The most effective lesson-opening activities (engagement hook, anticipatory set, warm-up, etc) do two things: assess your students’ prior knowledge and build anticipation for the lesson ahead.

Achieving this goal requires a solid mix of fun and engaging strategies and activity ideas (and rarely relying on assigning routine practice problems).

For some awesome tips and activity ideas for how to improve your warm up activities and make the most of the first five minutes of your lessons, check out my brand new list of effective strategies:


1.) Show a Video Clip

Some math concepts are meant to be seen, and sometimes your students will need visual aids to help grasp complex mathematical ideas. By starting class with a short video clip, you are engaging your students’ ability to think about math visually—a a mindset which will sustain throughout the remainder of the lesson, to everyone’s benefit.

Try It! Try using the video clip of Unit Rates in the Real-World below prior to teaching a lesson on solving word problems involving unit rates.

 
 

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2.) Puzzles and Challenges

Engaging math challenges and puzzles are a great tool for giving your kids opportunities to have fun while problem solving and thinking mathematically at the same time, especially if you want to prevent them from growing bored of routine practice problems.

Try It! Try sharing this fun math puzzle with your kids at the start of your next lesson and watch your students’ engagement and interest sky rocket!

 
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Are you looking for more daily math challenges and puzzles to share with your kids?

My best-selling workbook 101 Math Challenges for Engaging Your Students is now available as a PDF download. You can get yours today by clicking here.


3.) Which One Doesn’t Belong? (WODB)

Instead of working on practice problems during a lesson's warm-up, students will be shown 4 somewhat related images and have to apply their reasoning skills to decide which of the images does not belong.

And here’s the catch….WODB activities do not have a single correct answer. The activity is designed to be interpreted in a variety of different ways in order to spark deep mathematical thinking and discussion (in small groups, whole class, or both).

Want to learn more about WODB and get more free samples? click here

Try It! Try using the WODB graphic below prior to a lesson on percentages.

 
  Click here  to get more free WODB graphics like this.

Click here to get more free WODB graphics like this.

 

Are you looking for more daily WODB? math graphics?

You can now share 101 daily WODB warm-up activities for grades 1-9 with your kids with our PDF workbook!


4.) Think-Notice-Wonder (Writing Prompt)

Writing about math encourages creativity, exploration, and communicating one's thoughts and feelings, which leads to deep and meaningful understanding of difficult math concepts.

Think/Notice/Wonder is a great strategy for getting your kids engaged in math writing every day.

Want to learn more about how to use TNW math activities with your kids? click here

Try It! Try using the graphic below before a lesson on solving equations.

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Want more? Download 101 Daily Think-Notice-Wonder Writing Prompts for Engaging Your Kids

You can now share 101 Daily Think-Notice-Wonder Writing Prompts with your kids with our PDF workbook!


5.) Two Truths and One Lie (2T1L)

2T1L activities help your kids to develop reasoning skills, make logical arguments, express their ideas in words, and engage with visual mathematics—which ultimately leads to deeper and more meaningful understanding of challenging topics and concepts.

Try It! Try using the 2T1L graphic below to start your next lesson! 

 
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Looking to Share More 2T1L With Your Kids This Year?

You can now share 101 Two Truths and One Lie Math Activities for Grades 3-5 with your kids with our PDF workbook!

 
 

What strategies are you using to engage your kids during the first five minutes of class? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below!

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By Anthony Persico

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Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.

 
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 How Game-Based Learning Can Boost Kids’ Math Skills

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How Game-Based Learning Can Boost Kids’ Math Skills

It's a sad reality that math is commonly among students’ least favorite subjects—many view it as boring, irrelevant, and often bewildering.

And being satisfied with nothing more than a passing math grade is often the best that many kids feel they can achieve.

Educational institutions are well aware of this common dislike for learning math and are creating programs aimed at making math more enjoyable, interactive, and game-like.

It’s no secret that video games are widely popular with kids and channeling this enthusiasm towards education has tremendous potential.

In fact, there are strong correlations between gaming and learning math—including logical thinking and decision making, spatial awareness, and creative problem-solving.

“One of the biggest benefits of gamification is that kids also get to “play,” which developmentally is important,” says Dr. Alison Gopnik, an educational psychologist.

“Play is not just some touchy-feely activity. And it’s not just that you want to leave children alone and not rush them. There’s hard evidence that children learn more things through play than they would in some academic setting,” said Gopnik in a recent interview.

She suggests that incorporating gaming elements, such as going on adventures, changing characters, and earning instant rewards, can prove to be beneficial in changing a student’s attitude towards learning.

The use of such elements – a method known as gamification – makes math exciting and less repetitive. A study conducted by Deakin University found that playing math games “helped to alleviate the tediousness of repetitive problem-solving.” Video games also provide a sense of possible success for the player, an attribute that is not necessarily associated with math.

Game-based learning can also help bridge the gender gap in math and help young kids overcome stereotypes that boys are more inclined towards science and math, while girls prefer literature and art. By gamifying math, all students become more confident in solving problems.

Incorporating digital games for middle school students helps students in the long run. A recent McGraw-Hill study on the digital habits of over 1,700 college students revealed that 75% of the participants found technology to be helpful in preparing for class, and nearly 80% of this group associated it to their improving grades. The role of technology will also stem further into various careers, seeing as it’s common for companies to incorporate the latest technologies in their organizational structure and systems.

The New York Times shared what they call a better way of teaching math as well. They identified a curriculum called Jump Math, which suggests teaching math to students without the pretense of limited mental capabilities. John Mighton, the founder of the non-profit organization that created the curriculum, emphasized that any student can learn even the highest levels of university math courses, regardless of age.

Mighton stressed that schools have to stop systems that define the intelligence level of students based solely on their performance in specific subjects, including math—a practice that makes children more afraid of the subject, especially if they can’t adapt quickly to the pacing in their classes. The Jump Math curriculum is now being taught to over 65,000 children in classrooms and 20,000 at home.

Similar to approaching other subjects, teaching math has different methods and applications. And while each one is unique, they all hold the same objectives: getting students more interested in mathematics and its applications to real-life. As educational methods develop and edtech applications continue to evolve, the process of student development will experience more and more innovation.

By Jennifer Birch

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Are You Ready to Use Twitter for Personalized PD?

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Are You Ready to Use Twitter for Personalized PD?

Are You Ready to Use Twitter for Personalized PD?

Summer is the time when educators reflect and recharge.

For most, the pace slows and allows time for thinking and planning, looking forward to the next school year.  Many teachers engage in different types of personalized professional development, but the best (and most accessible) personalized PD is actually as close as your phone or your laptop - it’s Twitter!

Here’s an easy way to begin or continue your own Twitter journey by building a network and finding new ideas and inspiration. It’s time to get started!

1.) Open a Twitter Account

It’s easy to do and will take only a few minutes to get started. Choose a screen name, write an engaging bio, and add a picture (no one will interact with you if your picture is an egghead), and you'll be ready to go. For a step-by-step guide to setting up your first Twitter account: click here.

2.) Start Searching Hashtags

A few favorites are #tlap (Teach Like a Pirate), #MTBoS (Math Twitter BlogoSphere), #Edtechteam, and #GAFESummit. These Tweeters share common interests and use a common hashtag to connect and broadcast their ideas.  Explore a few and see what you can learn.  As you look through the hashtag, follow people who are tweeting about topics that interest you. For a comprehensive guide to the most popular education hashtags: click here.

3.) Connect with Influencers

Have you read any inspiring education books lately?  Since the author is most likely using Twitter, you can search for the author’s name or the book title.  Look up the Twitter accounts for organizations that interest you such as NCTM or ASCD.  Follow them and then look to see who they are following or who is following them.  You can build a network that way too as you read content from these professionals.

4.) Participate in Chats

Many live chats occur during the course of a week or month as people who share interests gather in real time to discuss topics. They typically use a hashtag and respond to prepared questions. Twitter chats are fabulous places to interact and meet new friends and build your personal learning network (PLN). For a complete schedule of all education-related Twitter chats: click here.

5.) Attend Education Conferences from Home

Looking to attend an education conference without traveling? Conference-specific hashtags allow you to attend virtually!  During a conference, follow the hashtag (for example #ISTE17 or #NCTM17) and see what the attendees are tweeting.  Many times there are links to presentations that you can access in real time, allowing you can to interact with attendees and presenters as if you are there.  

6.) Build Your PLN

Twitter is the place where you will find your tribe, your inspiration, and your new ideas. Having the power to choose the people and sites you’d like to learn from, you can find like-minded friends and new resources for personalized professional development.  After a few weeks, you will wonder why you haven’t tried this earlier!

Jump in!  Get started.  PD on Twitter is available 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. You decide how you will you use it and what you can learn.  You won’t be sorry!

By Mary Kienstra

Mary’s goal is to take the curriculum and shake it up, creating lessons that will engage and excite her students. She takes an unconventional approach to teaching, always encouraging student enthusiasm and excitement.  She believes that learning is best when it’s part of an experience, not a worksheet.  Mary’s career includes teaching math and reading to elementary age students, coaching, and blogging at www.marykienstra.com.  

 
 

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