Christmas Math Centers and Christmas Coordinate Graph Mystery Pictures

We have been busy, busy, busy over here!

I’ve been relying a lot on my guided math groups these last few weeks and have been doing all types of re-teaching and differentiating for my kids. If I have to talk about long division and the fact that Dead Monkeys Smell Bad (get it?) one more time, I may need an intervention myself!

So while re-teaching, I was feeling so bad for my on-grade level and high kids, because I don’t want to just give them boring worksheets while I meet with the other students. Can you relate? I want to be able to enrich them with the current concepts we are working on.

Many of them have been working on an enrichment division packet.  But many have been begging for a break from this “digging deeper” work to explore some higher level concepts like fractions and algebra. Their curiosity makes me so happy!

Here is one table of students working together.  They were pretty pumped and felt extra smart working on algebra! I love the opportunity to create creative curriculum for my students. It excites and engages them

Christmas Math Centers and Activities - Young Teacher Love by Kristine Nannini

I made them Cryptogram Christmas puzzles with order of operations and they LOVED solving them to figure out the riddle!

I made these ALL student centered so that I could be left to work with the students that needed re-teaching. Nothing like getting settled with a group to then have a whole clan of kids come over needing your help! Not to mention, I can’t be cutting out all these items on top of all the other millions of things I have to do!

Students also worked on some fun fraction activities where they had to multiply fractions in order to decorate a Christmas tree. It helped to drive home the concept of multiplying fractions by whole numbers. Students could see that the number 18 can be broken into 3 groups, and that there will be 3 groups of 6, therefore 1/3 of 18 is 6 (huge and TOUGH concept for many of my kids to master).
Another group even delved into some measurement conversion work 

I love that she used the helpful mnemonic I taught them (King Henry Died Drinking Chocolate Milk) to help them remember measurement conversions.

Don’t forget to include your on-grade-level and re-teaching students when it comes to playing games and having fun with math as well. Trust me, my kids notice and I know they don’t want to feel different or “less than” or dread math every day because it is another re-teaching lesson with the teacher. Practicing their multiplication and division doesn’t always have to be drill and kill. I made these color by quotient and color by product pages to include ALL my kids on the Christmas fun!

These are just a small sample of what’s included in my Christmas and Winter Themed Math Centers and Activities {Common Core Aligned}. Click HERE or the button below to check out more!

They also come in black and white for those of you unable or not wanting to print in color!

Are you looking for more holiday fun in your classroom? One of my student’s favorite is my Christmas Coordinate Graphing Ordered Pairs {Mystery Pictures}. Click HERE or the button below to check it out!

Here is an example of one of my student’s finished Coordinate Graph Mystery Pictures. *Disclaimer: the festive Christmas scene is NOT part of the coordinate graph. HA! Just an extra bit of love from a REALLY sweet kid! 
Do you have students who don’t celebrate Christmas? I have the perfect solution! My Winter and New Years Coordinate Graphing Mystery Pictures! Click HERE or the button below to check them out!


  1. Well we are doing Elf on the Shrlf and writing about his daily adventures. We are also doing a Christmas countdown ((helpful for decomposing numbers) among lots of other holiday themed things. :-)


  2. We are going to be doing Holiday Sensory Poems (which I got from Nicole Shelby:) My dad is also going to come in and play holiday songs during our party…it’s been a tradition since I was a little girl :)

    I’d love you math centers! I do Guided Math as well, and am always looking for things to do!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  3. I love ELF on the shelf! I so wanted to do it and be silly with my 5th graders! Were you interested in a product? If so let me know which one!

  4. Anonymous says:

    What a great blog!!! You are getting me into the Christmas spirit. We are writing letters to injured troops for the holiday.

  5. Isn’t Christmas the BEST time of the year? Writing letters to the troops is SUCH an awesome idea! My kids are actually doing this in one of their specials classes! I am so glad they are because it helps them reflect on the importance and real reasons for the holidays. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I LOVE your creations and while I’d really LOVE one of your Christmas packs…they are a bit above where my students are functioning right now (I work with 1st – 4th grade special education students). Can I give a RAK and pass my “freebie” from you onto Stephanie (who’s blog I also love)? :o)

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  7. Oh my goodness Karyn, you are too sweet! I emailed Stephanie the product already. Are you sure?! My special education students LOVE the persuasive writing projects, I bet yours will too!! Please do let me know! Thank you so much for your sweet words and very kind comments!

  8. So ironic because I was really contemplating your persuasive writing pack. I loved the preview prompts that I saw. Do you think my fourth graders could handle it (they are LD)? And you deserve MANY kudos! You’re products are really outstanding! :-) If Stephanie would like an item though (and who WOULDN’T) my RAK of course is still good. :-). Thanks so much!!

  9. Wow! I am AMAZED at what you have created here!! Truly!!
    I just wanted to stop by and let you know that we have just started blogging and we are doing a giveaway this weekend. All you have to do is comment and you get something free from our TPT store. We would love to have your feedback on our site if you have a chance!!

    Amanda and Stacia
    Collaboration Cuties

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