This Christmas themed project-based learning & math centers are perfect for keeping your students engaged during the holidays! Includes 6 different math activities. You can plan a fun-filled Christmas classroom transformation with math stations set up around the room. These center task cards and games are designed to review important 3rd grade math standards including multiplication, division, addition, subtraction, elapsed time, rounding, and data graphing.
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Christmas Miles: Map Creation + Multi-Step Task Cards
+ Students will use directions and a compass to design a map of Wintergreen Town. Then, they will use the map to solve multi-step addition & subtraction word problems.
On Santa’s Watch: Telling Time + Using Elapsed Time Task Cards
+ Students will look at the clocks on each task card and record the time. Then, they will use the task cards to solve elapsed time questions about Santa’s travels.
Toy Land: Multiplication Task Cards
+ Students will use the Toy Land flyer to solve multiplication questions about different Christmas sales.
Reindeer Measurements: Measuring in Inches & Creating Line Plots
+ Students will use an inch ruler to measure each reindeer task card. Then, students will use the measurements to create a line plot.
Favorite Holiday Treat: Surveying & Creating Graphs
+ Students will survey their classmates on their favorite holiday treat. They will create a frequency table, picture graph, and bar graph to represent the data.
Toys Delivered: Rounding to the Nearest Thousand
+ Students will round the number of toys delivered to the nearest thousand.
Related to this Resource:
- CCSS3.MD.A.1: Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes, e.g., by representing the problem on a number line diagram.
- CCSS3.MD.B.3: Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories. Solve one- and two-step “how many more” and “how many less” problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs. For example, draw a bar graph in which each square in the bar graph might represent 5 pets.
- CCSS3.MD.B.4: Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch. Show the data by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in appropriate units-whole numbers, halves, or quarters.
- CCSS3.NBT.A.1: Use place value understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.
- CCSS3.NBT.A.2: Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
- CCSS3.NBT.A.3: Multiply one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10 in the range 10–90 (e.g., 9 × 80, 5 × 60) using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.
- CCSS3.OA.A.1: Interpret products of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 5 × 7 as the total number of objects in 5 groups of 7 objects each. For example, describe a context in which a total number of objects can be expressed as 5 × 7.
- CCSS3.OA.D.8: Solve two-step word problems using the four operations. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.
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