Christmas Problem Solving

For example, try multiplication facts with graph paper by making rectangles, coloring them, and finding the answers by counting.

The coordinate geometry activity is a little more involved, but should be fun for students who have some experience with coordinate geometry.

These worksheets should ideally be done mentally as review or practice.

Koch Snowflake | Penguin Math | Snowflake Activities | Snowman Problem Solving | Literature Connections | Winter Glyphs | Winter Data Collection | Gingerbread Math Activities | Winter Coordinate Graphing | Holiday Problem Solving | Student Work: Winter Math Activities | Student Work: Holiday Math Activities| The Koch Snowflake is an example of an iterative drawing as each successive stage begins with the previous stage.

Note that it took a mathematician to find the "correct" solution.

So please, read the note on the answer page and look at the question as open-ended.The "Santa's List Addition" worksheets have a challenging bonus on them which requires adding long columns of numbers.Challenge your students to complete addition in their head, say using a left-to-right addition algorithm, instead of with paper and pencil.Penguin Puzzler:   pattern problem-solving challenge that provides the total number of penguins and requires students to analyze the pattern to discover how many many rows of penguins marched in the parade. Snowflake Symmetry requires students to create symmetrical snowflakes from white paper.  Each student folds a sheet of blue paper and glues the snowflake to the blue paper along a line of symmetry.  Students might visualize this as constructing a smaller equilateral triangle on the middle third, then removing the original middle third line segment.  Students can construct the first couple of iterations with pencil, paper and a ruler for measuring and marking each side into thirds.The Elves Number Patterns worksheet is a more standard type of patterning worksheet where students identify and continue a pattern.The Reindeer Patterns is a bit more challenging because students look for the mistakes in number patterns and fix them.  encourages students to apply the patterns in Pascal's Triangle.  A teacher instructional plan with mathematical background, answer and challenge is included to explain how to present this problem.


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