Teachers, please enjoy these free holiday math lesson plan ideas. For the holiday season, I have also made a math game to along with the math problems, all which can be tailored to your specific grade.
Sample Math Problems:
The time it takes to go from Santa’s Workshop to each location is as follows:
Japan – 3 hours and 15 minutes
Australia – 8 hours and 30 minutes
Mexico – 5 hours and 5 minutes
Canada – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Argentina – 7 hours and 10 minutes
What is the average time it takes Santa to get to each location?
Christmas tree#1 is 60″ tall. It requires 72″ of lights.
Christmas tree #2 is 84″ tall. It requires 96″ of lights.
Christmas tree#3 is 108″ tall. How many inches of lights does it require?
Dasher’s antlers are taller than Dancer’s. Prancer’s antlers are taller than Dasher’s. Vixen’s antlers are taller than Dancer’s but shorter than Dasher’s. Who has the tallest antlers? Who has the shortest antlers?
Since you aren’t old enough to drive a car, you decide to purchase a sleigh. Every week you have to pay $_____ (teacher selects amount) until it is paid off in five years. What is the total amount of money for all payments you will have made?
You have three stocking that have to be filled up with an item from each category:
Fruit – apple, orange, banana
Toys – ball, blocks, doll
Clothing items – cap, watch, bracelet
Tickets – zoo tickets, baseball game tickets, dance recital tickets
How many different stocking combinations can be made?
Holiday Math Game (can be used pre- or post-holiday too)
Materials needed: Newspaper ads from retailers or other sale flyers/weekly circulars
Directions: Have students be assigned a set amount of money (you choose). Write questions on the board and have students compute answers. Sample questions are as follows:
1. How many different items can you purchase for a total amount under $____? Remember: all items
together must be under this amount.
2. Find the most expensive item. How much does it cost? How much more is this price than what you have to spend? Now find the least expensive item. If you purchased it for that price, how much money would you have left over?
3. Find an item that you would like to have. How much does it cost? If tax on the items were $3.75 and it took $4.20 worth of gas to go and purchase the item, now how much would that item end up costing you to purchase?
Other free teacher resources for the holiday season include daily holiday journal writing prompts and a pre-and post-holiday science activity. Please either click on my picture or name to be taken to my article directory to enjoy these free holiday teacher lesson plan ideas.