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12 Thanksgiving Math Activities for Grades 1-8

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12 Thanksgiving Math Activities for Grades 1-8

Thanksgiving Math Activities for Grades 1-8

Thanksgiving is here and it’s time to share some fun Thanksgiving-themed math activities and puzzles with your students in grades 1-8 (elementary and middle school). This collection of Thanksgiving Math Activities includes order of operations puzzles, area models and multiplication tables, and ‘which one doesn’t belong?’ Enjoy!

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The days leading up to Thanksgiving vacation are an exciting (and extremely distracting) time for you and your students.

But you can keep your students on track by sharing some fun Thanksgiving-themed math activities, puzzles, and challenges that channels their holiday excitement and enthusiasm into math learning experiences.

The following easy-to-print Thanksgiving Math Worksheets will add some holiday fun to your lesson plans this month. The activities can be shared with students in grades one through eight.

The activities are samples from our best-selling workbooks 101 Daily Math Challenges for Engaging Students in Grades 3-8 and 101 Daily ‘Which One Doesn’t Belong?’ Math Activities for Grades 1-8 .

The following Thanksgiving Math Activities can be used for anticipatory sets and warm-ups, exit tickets, transitions, and homework or extra credit assignments.

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1.) Thanksgiving Math Activity 1 of 12

Leaves = 18

Turkey = 9

Pumpkin = 12

? = 3

 

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2.) Thanksgiving Math Activity 2 of 12

Fire = 13

Apple Cider = 7

Acorn = 14

Honey = 15

? = 49


3.) Thanksgiving Math Activity 3 of 12

Turkey = 8

Calendar = 8

Candle = 5

Cake = 9

? = 67


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4.) Thanksgiving Math Activity 4 of 12

Chipmunk = 13

Hot Cider = 8

Pumpkin Pie = 24

Football = 20

? = 65


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5.) Thanksgiving Math Activity 5 of 12

Pumpkin = 12

Berries = 5

Turkey = 6

Pie = 30

? = 192

 

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6.) Thanksgiving Math Activity 6 of 12

Pie = 10

Turkey = 14

Corn = 9

Pilgrim = 12

? = 92


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7.) Thanksgiving Math Activity 7 of 12

Cooking Pot = 6

Cupcakes = 18

Cranberry Sauce = 9

Cauliflower = 10

? = 126


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 in Grades 3-8 is now available as a PDF download!


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8.) Thanksgiving Math Activity 8 of 12

Apple = 6

Cider = 6

Cinnamon = 5

Kettle = 1

? = 180


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9.) Thanksgiving Math Activity 9 of 12

Multiplication Table

Pilgrim Hat = 8

Food Basket = 4

Mashed Potatoes = 1

Corn = 5

Pumpkin = 15

Turkey = 6

Pie = 3


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10.) Thanksgiving Math Activity 10 of 12

Area Model

1,3,6,10,...

Sunflower = 20

Turkey = 10

Acorn = 6

Turkey Leg = 40

Leaves = 120

 


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11.) Thanksgiving Math Activity 11 of 12

Solution:

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Are Your Kids Ready for 5 Days of Fall Math Challenges?

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Are Your Kids Ready for 5 Days of Fall Math Challenges?

Are you looking for some fun seasonal math activities to keep your students focused on learning math this November?

Crafty math teachers know how to channel their student's excitement into holiday-themed activities during this time of year. And since preparing materials is time-consuming (and you're already so busy this school year as it is), my gift to you this fall is 5 Days of Fall Math Challenges

The following printable Fall Math Worksheets allow you to inject some seasonal mathematics into your lessons this month.

Each worksheet shares a challenge question (answers are included) appropriate for all elementary and middle school grade levels - they are perfect for warm-ups, exit tickets, and homework and extra credit assignments.

Parents can also share these fun challenge questions with your kids to keep them engaged and thinking mathematically this fall.

Now let's get problem-solving!

Download Instructions: You can download any of the challenges by right-clicking the image and saving it to your computer or by dragging-and-dropping each image to your desktop.


1.) Day 1 of 5

(Hint: What two numbers have a sum of 27 and a difference of 13?)

Sunflower + Corn = 13

Apple = 7*

Pumpkin = 20

? = 33

*-thank you to Ms. Winderman’s 3rd graders for finding the correct answer! 

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2.) Day 2 of 5

(Hint: 100 is a perfect square!)

Turkey = 10

Leaves = 2

Umbrella = 20

Pumpkin Cart = 10

? = 30


3.) Day 3 of 5

(Hint: Multiplication is commutative)

Fire = 3

Umbrella = 2

Tree = 6

Apple Cider = 1

? = 12

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4.) Day 4 of 5

(Hint: You can't have zero in the denominator of a fraction.)

Turkey = 0

Cake = 4

Beet = 16

Plate = 0

? = 64


5.) Day 5 of 5

(Hint: Start with the hat first!)

Chipmunk = 1/3

Leaf = 1

Hat = 1/2

Strawberry Jam = 1/4

 

 

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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.

 
 

Looking for more fun math resources to share with your kids? Click here to subscribe to our YouTube channel and access our free video library--and don't forget to subscribe!

(Never miss a Mashup Math blog--click here to get our weekly newsletter!)

By Anthony Persico

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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Halloween Math: 13 Days of Spooky Math Challenges for Grades 1-8

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Halloween Math: 13 Days of Spooky Math Challenges for Grades 1-8

Halloween Math Activities for Grades 1-8

Add these super fun (and extra spooky) math puzzles to your collection of Halloween Math Activities for elementary and middel school students. Enjoy!

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Are you prepared to keep your students focused on learning math during the excitement of the Halloween season?

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Sometimes it takes more than an extra shot of espresso in your pumpkin spice latte to get the job done and savvy math teachers know how to channel their student's excitement into holiday-themed activities.

And since preparing activities cab be time-consuming (and you're already so busy this school year as it is), my gift to you this Halloween season is 13 Days of Spooky Math Challenges

The following printable Halloween Math Worksheets allow you to inject a little bit of spooky mathematics into your lessons this month.

Each puzzle is a sample from our best-selling workbook 101 Daily Math Challenges for Engaging Students in Grades 3-8, which is available as a PDF download and as a hard copy on Amazon.

Each Halloween Math Worksheet shares a challenge question (answers are included) appropriate for all elementary and middle school grade levels - they are perfect for warm-ups, exit tickets, and homework and extra credit assignments.

Parents can also share these fun challenge questions with your kids to keep them engaged and thinking mathematically this fall.

Now let's get problem-solving!

Download Instructions: You can download any of the challenges by right-clicking the image and saving it to your computer or by dragging-and-dropping each image to your desktop.


1.) Day 1 of 13

(Hint: Notice that it takes two black cats to make one pumpkin!)

Black Cat = 6

Cauldron = 14

Pumpkin = 12

? = 8

 

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2.) Day 2 of 13

(Hint: Start with the bucket!)

Candy = 9

Zombie = 1

Bucket = 7

Cat = 5

? = 35


 
Share this puzzles with your students on Halloween day!

Share this puzzles with your students on Halloween day!

 

3.) Day 3 of 13

(Hint: Notice that the pumpkin and the witch's hat have the same value!)

Ghost = 8

Bat = 1

Pumpkin = 4

Witch's Hat = 4

? = 31

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4.) Day 4 of 13

(Hint: Start with the haunted house and don't forget order of operations)

Spider Web = 10

Witch = 5

Moon = 7

Haunted House = 8

? = 30


“I always look forward to getting my Mashup Math newsletter email every week. I love the free activities!” -Christina R., 5th Grade Math Teacher, Dallas, TX

Do YOU want free math resources, lesson activities, and puzzles and games for grades 1-8 in your inbox every week? Join our mailing list and start getting tons of free stuff (including a free PDF eBOOK)!


5.) Day 5 of 13

(Hint: Start with the ghost first!)

Ghost = 13

Scarecrow = 4

Tree = 7

? = 16

 

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6.) Day 6 of 13

(Hint: I know it's scary, but start with the zombie hand!)

Werewolf = 5

Witch's Hat = 2

Zombie Hand = 8

Owl = 6

? = 21


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7.) Day 7 of 13

(Hint: To find the haunted house, think about what value that when subtracted from 12 equals that same value!)

Ghost = 25

Broom = 15

Haunted House = 6

? = 16


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 in Grades 3-8 is now available as a PDF download!


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8.) Day 8 of 13

(Hint: All candy bags are created equal!)

Candy Bag = 9

Bats = 10

Boo! = 9

Witch = 1

? = 20


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9.) Day 9 of 13

(Hint: Each value comes from doing something to the previous value)

Case #1: ? = 35 (each value increases by one more than its difference with the previous value: +4, +5, +6, ...) 

Case #2: ? = 95 (each value increases by twice its difference with the previous value: +6, +12, +24, ...)

Case #3: ? = 121 (each value increases by the square of the difference with the previous value: +3,+9,+27,...)


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10.) 10 of 13

(Hint: The growth pattern is exponential!)

1,3,6,10,...

Notice that the first value increases by 2, the second value increases by 3, the third value increases by 4, etc.

Case 5: 15 Zombies

Case 8: 36 Zombies

What about case 100?

 


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11.) Day 11 of 13

(Hint: Remember the multiplicative identity!)

Vampire Lips: 0

Moon = 1

Pumpkin = 2

Frankenstein: 0

Black Cat = 4

Zombie Hand = 5


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12.) Day 12 of 13

(Hint: You need to visualize this situation by drawing a diagram and/or using manipulatives and colored pencils or markers!)

Case 4: 25 Faces

Case 5: 36 Faces

Case n: (n+1)^2

*This question was inspired by Jo Boaler's TED Talk: How You Can Be Good at Math and Other Surprising Facts About Learning.

 


13.) Day 13 of 13

(Hint: Think about what kinds of values have a product ending in 5.)

25 x 13 = 325

Bat = 20

Pumpkin = 5

Witch = 10

Leaf = 50

Ghost = 60

 

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Save the tricks and the treats (except for the bite-sized Twix bars - those I'll take), I just want your input. Please (oh please, oh please) share your thoughts in the comments below!

Looking for more fun math resources to share with your kids? Click here to subscribe to our YouTube channel and access our free video library--and don't forget to subscribe!

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By Anthony Persico

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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