8 Great Math Activities to Gobble Up | 5th Grade Fall & Thanksgiving Math Activities

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With the holidays around the corner, report cards, and conferences, (just to name a few), you have enough on your plate!

It’s time to let someone else take care of the meat and potatoes (planning/prepping) while you relax and enjoy the dessert (fun print-and-go math activities) with your students.

Thankfully, you’re in the right place! November is full of fun, engaging math resources that will fill your students with smiles and thank yous!

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

Subtraction Calendar

5th grade math - November Math Activities - Subtracting Decimals daily practice

Help students solidify decimal subtraction skills with daily practice the entire month of November.

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

5th grade math - November Math Activities - adding decimals missing digits

Need more practice with decimals? This activity combines adding decimals with mathematical reasoning and critical thinking skills.

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.

Thanksgiving Squares

5th grade math - November Math Activities - multiplying fractions puzzle

This thanksgiving puzzle is worth the time to copy in color on cardstock or laminate and reuse for centers.

Students match multiplication expressions with their answers to solve the puzzle. Blanks on the edges help students get 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!

If you’re using this as a center, include the answer key for students to check their own work once they’re finished.

Fraction Riddle

5th grade math - November Math Activities - fractions word problems riddle

This fraction riddle is great for spiral review. Students solve addition and subtraction word problems using fractions, then 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

5th grade math - November Math Activities - equivalent fractions game board

This game is ideal for two players, but easily allows for three or four. It’s easy to learn, fun to play, and provides an opportunity for students to improve their math skills.

To play, students 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 player to collect all 6 food cards first is the winner!

*Time-saving tip: Instead of printing and cutting the food cards, students can use colored counters to show which of the foods they have collected on the board.

What’s for Dinner?

5th grade math - November Math Activities - measuring volume cut and paste activity

This activity is a quick, fun way to learn about volume with no prior knowledge needed. Students can easily count cubes to determine the volume while cementing the idea that each cube is equal to one cubic unit. This will help develop a strong foundation for later on when students learn the formula for calculating volume and determine the volume of much more complex shapes.

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

Thanksgiving Math Activity - November Classroom Decor or Display 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!

Thanksgiving Math Activity - November Classroom Decor or Display Dodecahedron

Coded Shapes

5th grade math - November Math Activities - properties of shapes riddle

A secret code to decipher a riddle is hidden among the polygons and their properties. This activity is great to review special triangles and quadrilaterals.

Use for a morning warm-up, add to an early finishers packet, or leave 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 fifth graders.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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