What are you teaching in December?

It is almost December!  Ahh!  What happened to fall?  I have to admit, I am super excited for Christmas and ready to start decorating.  There is something about having kids that makes this time of year even more magical.

Let's talk about your classroom in December.  Are you ready?  Trying to keep your students learning and focused with the craziness and anticipation of Christmas and vacation.  It is hard to do.  I've got a few products to make your life a little easier...Christmas themed educational activities so that they are learning but can still be excited about Christmas.


First up, task cards!  These are easy to use and have so many possibilities.  You can tape them up (with fun washi tape of course) around the room and have students work their way around the room solving the problems and writing their answers on the recording sheet provided.  You could also set them out at a math (or literacy) center and have small groups work on them a few at a time.

My Christmas math task cards are designed for second grade and focus on: Expanded form, word form, place value, skip counting, addition and subtraction story problems, even & odd numbers, mental math with addition and subtraction up to 20, double digit addition and subtraction (no regrouping), time, and money.
Fun ideas for teaching math and literacy in the elementary classroom in December.

 My Christmas ELA/literacy task cards focus on punctuation, long/short vowels, contractions, adjectives/adverbs, and plural nouns.  Both sets come in color and black and white and include a student recording sheet and answer key.  There are 32 cards total in each set with a Christmas theme. 
Fun ideas for teaching math and literacy in the elementary classroom in December.


Next up is Christmas Bingo.  This is perfect for a holiday party or to use on the last day before break.  It is also a great way to practice Christmas vocabulary words.  This comes in color and in black and white and includes 30 different game boards so you can just print and use and it will naturally stagger the winners.  You can use anything from math manipulatives, to Christmas erasers to scraps of paper to cover each square.
Fun ideas for teaching math and literacy in the elementary classroom in December.

 Finally, we have some math games that would be perfect for math centers.  I love these because you don't need dice and the spinner is right on the board.  You just need a pencil and a paperclip to use as a spinner.  The games are designed for two players and each player needs 10 counters/markers to cover their squares.  In Christmas Spin and Multiply Bump, players spin the spinner and multiply the number they land on by the number in the bottom right corner.  They cover their answer.  If the other person has a piece on that square they can BUMP them off.  If they land on the same answer twice, they can lock it which means they can't be bumped. The first person to use all 10 of their counters is the winner.  This comes in color and black and white and has a different game board for numbers 1-10 so you can easily differentiate which facts your students practice.
Fun ideas for teaching math and literacy in the elementary classroom in December.

I also have a Christmas Spin and Add Bump.  You play the exact same way, but students practice adding instead of multiplying. 
Fun ideas for teaching math and literacy in the elementary classroom in December.

You can click any of the pictures to get more information about each of these products or click HERE to find all of my Christmas products.  Hopefully, they will save you some time and some sanity this December.  

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