Christmas Catalogue Maths

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I love using catalogues in the classroom. There are so many different activities you can use them for. One idea is to have students create a Christmas shopping list for their family or friends. Ask students to bring in their junk mail or ask your local stores if you could have a pile of their catalogues for your classroom. Give students a budget ($200 is a good amount) and have students imagine what they would buy for their family members if they were given this amount of money. They can then go through the catalogues to choose items for each family member, cutting, pasting & calculating the cost, and how much change they would receive at the end. Challenge them to try to get as close to the set amount as possible, without going over! Early finishers could then create a wish list of their own.

Roll a 6!

Did you ever play the Chocolate Game? It was a very popular birthday party game when I was at primary school. You would take turns rolling a die. If you rolled a 6 you would dress up in a silly costume & then use a knife & fork to cut & eat from a block of chocolate. It was a noisy, fast paced game, and we all loved it! This is NOT that game but reminds me a little of it. Roll a 6! Equipment Each group will need: - 1 piece of paper - 1 die - 1 pencil How to Play - Divide class into groups of 4 or 5 - Hand out equipment needed - Students sit in a circle - Students take turns rolling the die - If they roll a 6 they start writing the numbers 1 - 100 on the piece of paper. -

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Number Sense Craftivity

- Students trace their hands, cut out & glue down onto A3 paper, except for the fingers! They can then make sums to 10 by folding the fingers down & counting, and recording the sums underneath. Older students can use this craft to learn the 9 times table finger trick! Fold down the finger that you are multiplying 9 by (e.g. For 6x9 you would fold down the 6th finger). Count how many fingers are to the left of that folded down finger (5) & how many are to the right of that finger (4). That is your answer! 6 x 9 = 54! I originally saw this idea on this page: http://kindergartendoodles.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/building-number-sense.html?m=1 but I didn't have a cricut machine to make the hands. Instead the kids trace their own hands to work with. I also decided to get them to record their sums underneath as a way to consolidate

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