November is the perfect time to practice gratitude. As the holidays approach, many of us find ourselves getting busier and more stressed. As the daylight hours become more scarce, we try to fit more into our days. For many teachers, November marks the end of a grading period, meaning report cards and parent-teacher conferences.
Taking time to slow down, be present, and be grateful for something, anything, is essential to staying sane during this time.
Thankfully, you’re in the right place! November is full of fun, engaging math resources that will have your students feeling grateful for you!
Let’s take a closer look at what November’s bundle includes.
- Subtraction Calendar
- Scrambled Digit Addition
- Thanksgiving Squares – Multiplication
- Fraction Riddle
- Fraction Feast Game
- What’s for Dinner?
- Line Plot Thanksgiving Quilt Dodecahedron
- Coded Shapes
With multiplication and division taking so much focus in 3rd and 4th grade, I find students often need more practice with addition and subtraction. There’s just no time though!
This one-a-day subtraction calendar is perfect for a morning warm-up or check in, and it can take as little as 2 minutes, or you can turn it into a whole lesson having students share their strategies for solving the subtraction problems.
Scrambled Digit Addition
Addition practice made fun! Not only will students practice addition, but they will also hone their reasoning skills with this activity.
First, students cut out the number tiles 0-9, then place them into the incomplete addition problems to make each equation true. In the higher level, some blanks will work with different digits, but there’s only one way to make all problems true with the 0-9 tiles.
Practice multiplication with a Thanksgiving-themed puzzle! This puzzle matches multiplication expressions with their answers. Blanks on the edges help students get the puzzle started, then they need to look for matches to make sure each piece is in its correct place. Make sure students complete and check the entire puzzle before glueing the pieces down. There are a few duplicate answers that might trick them!
This fraction riddle is great for spiral review. Students identify the fractions, compare them to the benchmark fraction one half, and use their answers to solve a riddle.
If you’ve already got spiral review covered, this print-and-go activity is great for a substitute, to add to an independent study packet, or for early finishers.
Fraction Feast Game
This game is ideal for two players, but easily allows for three or four. Students can place their game markers anywhere on the board and move in any direction. On their turn, they must first choose their direction, then roll the die and move that many spaces. They find and record the equivalent fraction and then take the matching food card.
The lower level of this game is a great introduction to working with decimals and fractions. The higher level will help challenge students who already have a working knowledge of converting fractions and decimals.
*Time-saving tip: Instead of printing and cutting the food cards, have students use colored counters to show which of the foods they have collected on the board.
What’s for Dinner?
Money, time, mass, volume, distance. Students can quickly practice it all with this word problem sorting activity.
Students solve the problems and match the correct answers to build a menu for a feast! Watch out for extra answers that make this matching activity just challenging enough to keep students engaged.
Line Plot Thanksgiving Quilt Dodecahedron
Math practice or holiday classroom decorations? Both! First, students answer questions about line plots, then use their answers to color in Thanksgiving-themed quilts. There are 12 circles to cut out and glue together to make beautiful decorative dodecahedrons for your classroom.
Hang them up for display or line up on a high shelf for students to enjoy!
A secret code to decipher a riddle is hidden among the polygons and their properties. This activity is great to review parallel and perpendicular lines as well as acute, right, and obtuse angles.
This quick activity is great for a morning warm-up, added to an early finishers packet, or left for a substitute.
I hope you enjoy these activities with your students. If you want even more to be thankful for, be sure to check out the entire year bundle for your fourth graders.
Purchase the November 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