Excitement is contagious!
After the past year and a half, we need to be excited about the little things more than ever. Imagine bringing your students in from recess. Students are talking excitedly, faces eager, lined up with that forward lean as if you’re about to host the world’s best birthday party for them all. But, actually, they’re just excited for the day’s math block!
Now, I’m not sure math can compete with a birthday party every day, but if students know you’re excited about it, they will be too. How, you ask?
At Math Tech Connections, we’ve created Fall-themed activities that are sure to please even your most reluctant students. There is something for everyone including games, puzzles, secret codes, and a word search. Keep scrolling for a sneak peek into September’s Math Activities Bundle.
These fall-themed activities are specifically designed to help differentiate for your students. Each resource has two different levels practicing the same skill. Look for • and •• to identify lower and higher levels. Activities are Common Core & TEKS aligned and focus on foundational 4th grade skills.
Print in color and create a reusable center with a sheet protector or create handouts with black and white versions.
I hope you and your students find joy and excitement in each of these activities!
Come take a peek with me at what September’s bundle of activities has to offer you and your students.
- Converting Measurement Puzzle
- Multiples & Factors Mini-books
- Two Truths & a Lie: Comparing Numbers
- Guess My Polygon Game
- Squirrels & Foxes Addition Game
- Rounding Pie Game
- Labor Day Facts: Area Unknowns
- Number Forms Word Search
Converting Measurement Puzzle
Puzzles make a great independent center. Students can solve the problems first, then check their own work as they look for the answers to glue on top.
The lower and higher level puzzles look the same while focusing on slightly different skills involving measurement conversions for weight, time, distance, and volume.
Worried that you haven’t taught measurements yet? This activity comes with a BONUS Measurement Conversion Poster to project, post in your classroom, or give to students to keep a copy in their binders or notebooks.
Multiples & Factors Mini-Books
This will be a crowd pleaser for sure! Plus, it’s great for students to practice following directions and dust off those fine motor skills as they fold and cut to create their books.
These books provide a simple introduction to factors and multiples giving explanations and examples as well as a few practice problems.
Have students create the books in a center, read through the examples, and try the problems on their own. Then, come together for a class discussion to share what they learned, ask questions, or explain the most efficient way to find factors and multiples.
Two Truths and a Lie – Comparing Numbers
4th grade math
If you read August’s blog, you’ve probably already played this game with your students. If not, here’s the gist:
Tell 3 statements about yourself, 2 true, 1 lie. Have students guess the lie. So. Much. Fun!
For this activity, students spot the lie out of 3 number comparison statements. Great for a math center or partner activity for your students who need more support. An exit ticket is also included for students to identify and correct the comparison statements.
Guess My Polygon Game
Do you need a math center that is just plain fun? Or would you like to reward your class for a job well done? This game is perfect! You might just want to keep it out all year.
Remember Guess Who? The little faces, asking yes or no questions, flipping down the faces until there’s only one left…
For this game, the people have turned into polygons! Students can choose any shape they’d like, then take turns eliminating them until they can guess their partner’s shape.
Not only do students LOVE this game, they use a lot of mathematical vocabulary too. Play it with your students now, then make a few extra copies and add it to your emergency sub plans for that day you’re not feeling well. Your sub will thank you!
Squirrels & Foxes Addition Game
Think of this game as the birthday party for your math block. Introduce this on a Monday morning to inject a little excitement into your class, then use it as a Friday afternoon reward for a great week. Or, you may like it so much you play a little every day. That’s fine too. 😃
This game is best with the whole class in 2-4 teams, but could be used in a small group. Record sheets hold all students accountable, but playing on a team helps support struggling students. Also, this is great for a sub once your students have played a couple times.
I remember playing this as a kid and being crazy about it. Here’s the gist:
You’re a squirrel collecting acorns. On your turn, you can “collect” as many as you’d like, but you have to watch out for the fox. Most cards have acorn numbers on them, but some cards have foxes. Foxes steal all your acorns for the round, or make you lose your turn if picked first.
If you avoid the fox and choose for the round to be over, you can hide all your acorns so the fox can’t steal them the next round.
Please, can we play again?!
Rounding Pie Game
This game is great for centers and is played with two players.
Students are collecting apples to make apple pie. They use spinners to determine moves and what place value to round to. They collect 2 apples for rounding up and 1 apple when rounding down. The player with the most apples at the end is the winner.
The record sheet allows you to see student work and hold them accountable at their independent math center.
Labor Day Facts – Area Unknowns
4th grade math
This two page worksheet is great for the first week in September to teach about Labor Day. Students solve simple area problems, then match answers to fill in the blanks to learn about the holiday.
Practice with base ten pieces or other math manipulatives for your students who need extra support.
Number Forms Word Search
Finally….a math word search!! Add this to a math center, assign as homework, leave for a sub, or include in an early finishers packet. This has so many great options depending on what hole you need to fill in your planning.
The word search is the same, but the lower level has students reading and writing numbers while the higher level uses expanded notation to add and then write number names.
Stay tuned for more monthly activities…
Each month, we’ll be introducing a new set of themed activities that progress through essential math skills for 4th graders.
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Purchase the September Bundle
Available for grades 3-5.
- Skills practice aligned to Common Core Standards
- Monthly themed games, puzzles, riddles, coloring, and more!
- 2 levels for differentiation
- BW & Color
- Answer Keys