Connecting math with Christmas is easy, because Christmas is part of real life, and real life involves math. One starting point is this quick Christmas Ornament Craft. This idea lets you combine measurement and counting with holiday decorating.
Here are some faves from around the web:
- The Christmas Stocking Theorem. Don’t miss the demo in the top right hand corner.
- Not up for a theorem yet? Suite 101 has ideas for young children.
- Googol Learning has some great ideas for real-world connections! Some of my favorites are the tangram Christmas cards, origami ornaments, and Santa Claus calculations. Find them all here.
- Infographics are an increasingly important way to get data. Kelli Anderson’s Christmas Tree Infographic is a good way to learn how to interpret this type of chart, and the data will provide plenty of interesting examples for math lessons.
- About.com has a collection of math worksheets with a Christmas theme.
- Here’s a bunch of math drills decorated with Christmas images.
- Let’s Play Math has a cool collection.
- Mathwire’s monthly collection of lessons always has seasonal stuff. Why not subscribe while you’re there?
This ought to keep your math classes merry and bright.