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First Grade Thanksgiving Math Activities

The holidays are near. This brings about a crazy, busy season that can be stressful both inside and outside of the classroom. The kids are excited about the upcoming festivities and breaks from school, and we as teachers are too. Try to focus on that excitement by bringing in some seasonal fun into your lessons. This will make it much more enjoyable for everyone involved. Here are some of my favorite first grade Thanksgiving math activities.

Engage your students with skills based math practice with these Thanksgiving themed math activities for first grade

First Grade Math

Thanksgiving Number of the Day Activities for kindergarten and first grade
First grade math is a major time of growth and development for your students. You'll begin the year reviewing kindergarten skills, and then you'll quickly move into new and exciting things. First grade math focuses on four main standards:
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Measurement Data
  • Geometry
While covering these standards you'll teach a variety of skills like addition and subtraction strategies, place value, telling time, measurement, graphs, and 3D shapes. Repetition and fluency are super important for success. Just be sure to change up your teaching methods and strategies so your students don't get bored. You can really have a lot of fun here to increase engagement. I love to use the holidays and seasonal fun to amp up my math lessons. These are some of my favorite Thanksgiving math activities. 

First Grade Thanksgiving Math Activities

Thanksgiving number of the day for number 46 - perfect for 1st grade
We start celebrating Thanksgiving in my classroom on the first day of November. I like to implement this seasonal fun in all content areas. I find that tapping into their holiday excitement helps to keep them focused. Otherwise, I'm constantly fighting against them to keep their attention. Math is the perfect place to slide in some Thanksgiving fun. 

It's easy to do by incorporating things like Pilgrims, pumpkin pie, turkeys, and all things Thanksgiving. Just sprinkle the fun here in there on activities and your kiddos will stay engaged throughout the month. It's a win win for everyone!

Here are some fun first grade Thanksgiving math activities that will get your students excited about learning for the entire month of November.

Thanksgiving Number Lines

Thanksgiving themed number line activities for counting, addition and subtraction
I love using number lines to help my students with a variety of math skills.  I always like to have a large one displayed on the board or somewhere in the classroom for everyone to see. It's also a great idea to have a small one on the top of each student desk.

I love to use number lines to practice number sense and counting related skills.  They are also a great tool for helping students learn about the concepts of addition and subtraction and relating them to counting forwards and backwards. They provide a great visual representation for students to use while mastering the standards. 

This Digital Thanksgiving Number Line resource focuses on counting on and counting back. It is very important to understand how addition and subtraction relate to this skill in order to understand operations and algebraic reasoning.

This unit contains 36 pages jam packed with number line fun. I use these pages during the "written math practice" portion of our math class. They are also great to be used in any type of learning situation. They'll work for homework and early finishers too. 

Grab a sneak peak of the whole unit with this FREE Number Line activity.

Free Thanksgiving Number Line resource

Making 10 to Add - Thanksgiving Fun

We know that we need to cover the standard for counting on and making 10 to add.  It's a great strategy to help students with addition using the concept of ten.  It not only helps with addition but mental math too! 

But how should we do it? Well, there's no better way to practice that than with this Making 10 Thanksgiving resource. It includes over 20 pages of practice with a Thanksgiving theme.

Your students will enjoy themselves while mastering this standard. Students will have lots of opportunities to work on the making ten to add strategy using using ten frames as a guide and then without.  Your students will love the printable or digital activities to practice this math strategy.  

It will take practice, practice, and more practice, but they'll be up for the challenge with all of the Thanksgiving fun. This resource is great to use for small groups in math rotations, guided practice, homework, or for early finishers.

Color My Math

Kids always love these color my math digital activities.My kids always enjoy digital activities. Especially when they are creating something. That's why this Thanksgiving Digital Color My Math resource is perfect for November. It will allow you to review first grade place value in a fun and engaging way. 

You'll get 2 different Thanksgiving themed pictures: cornucopia and a turkey. Each picture contains 5-10 place value questions that your students will work though. After each correct answer, a portion of the picture will be colored. My students absolutely love seeing the picture come to life. 

I love that the resource is completely flexible with two different options for your students. The resource gives immediate feedback, is interactive, and self-correcting. It doesn't get much better than that. Check out my Color My Math Thanksgiving Bundle here.

Thanksgiving Number of the Day Activities

Number of the Day
is a great way to have your students practice number sense. They are perfect to use as morning work or bell ringers for your math lesson.    

After a few days your students will quickly learn the constant pattern of these worksheets as they develop strong number sense skills all month long. The great news is that they are no prep! So all you have to do is print and copy them for a quick and easy Thanksgiving math activity.

Mix it up a little by adding the digital version to your math centers. Your students will stay highly engaged while practicing some Thanksgiving math fun. This digital version also makes the resource great for hybrid and distance learning.

Grab These Thanksgiving Resources and More

What I love about all of these Thanksgiving activities is that I know my students are working on skills and standards with some Thanksgiving fun thrown in.  If you're looking for even more Thanksgiving activities for your classroom, be sure to check out my TPT store here. I have a ton of engaging resources you and your students will love. Don't forget to grab the FREE Thanksgiving Number Line activity while you're there.

I hope these first grade Thanksgiving math activities get you excited about this month. I know you and your students will enjoy incorporating the season into your math lessons.

Save these Thanksgiving Math Activities

Be sure to save these activities to your favorite Thanksgiving board so you are ready to hit the ground running. You'll be so glad you did.
Engage your students with the Thanksgiving holiday while reviewing important math skills.

Fun First Grade Halloween Math Activities

Fall is such a fun season. We welcome the cooler air, the change of the leaves, and nights spent by the fire. Fall is also the beginning of the holiday season. Halloween is first up on the list. I love to celebrate for the entire month of October to really get my kids in the spirit. There are so many fun, spooky ways to amp up your lessons. Decorating your classroom can really set the mood for all of your Halloween fun too! Let's dive right into some fun first grade Halloween math activities. 

Grab these fun first grade math Halloween activities for your classroom.

First Grade Math

Teaching first grade math can be exciting. There are many new skills to introduce and reinforce throughout the year along with old skills to review. The four main first grade math standards include:

  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten
  • Measurement Data
  • Geometry

You should focus most of your instructional time on addition and subtraction strategies, understanding whole numbers and place value, understanding measurements, and creating geometric shapes. While teaching these skills, it is important to change up your teaching methods to keep your students interested and engaged. This is where the fun comes in! Incorporate holidays into your lessons and your kiddos will be begging for more! These fun Halloween math activities are a few of my favorites. 

Fun Halloween Math Activities

Mega math practice includes tons of math Halloween fun.Halloween just might be one of the most fun holidays to celebrate. There's something about the spookiness mixed with make believe characters that make this mystical holiday exciting.  

We know that kids will start planning and counting down for Halloween weeks in advance.  The closer it gets, the harder it is for them to focus in the classroom.  Instead of fighting against that excitement, I like to use it to help increase engagement.  I've found math to be the perfect place to sprinkle in the spooky fun in my classroom. 

By incorporating fun Halloween themes like pumpkins, bats, spiders, and candy students turn their Halloween excitement into learning excitement.  That's a win!

Here's some fun Halloween math activities that will keep your students engaged right up to the big day!

Halloween Problem Solving

Celebrating the seasons in math class is fun especially with this Halloween resource.The Halloween Problem Solving resource is a great place to start. Your students will have fun understanding the different ways in which word problems can be presented. 

Practice problems include things like:

  • Picture Models
  • Tell About the Picture
  • Write About the Picture
  • Draw a Picture
  • Use a Ten Frame
  • Use a Bar Model
Your students will sharpen their critical thinking and problem solving skills with practice problems including joining-sum-unknown, separating-difference-unknown, and part-part-whole-whole-unknown.

Place Value- Halloween Style

Practice place value with some added Halloween elements.First graders need daily number sense practice, and this Halloween Place Value unit gives them just that. They will have the chance to practice understanding place value in several different ways. 

Your class will dig deeper into numbers and base ten. This will help to build a solid foundation for later when they need to add and subtract two digit numbers.  

These 30 pages of Halloween math activities are perfect for whole group instruction, small group rotations, and even distance learning. 

Color My Math

I feel like coloring and technology are two of my students favorite things. That's why this Digital Halloween Color by Code activity is always a hit in my classroom. It reviews counting, counting on, and counting back in a fun and engaging way. 

Your students will love coloring the haunted house, cauldron, and witch's hat as they practice their math skills. 

I love using this product because it provides my students with instant feedback. This really helps my students to work independently which frees me up for small group instruction.  These digital color by number activities are interactive, self-correcting, and fun! You can choose between the Google Slides or Google Forms version.

Halloween Number Lines

Number lines are a great way to practice number sense and counting related skills.  Mastering these important skills will only help students in the future as they begin working on addition and subtraction.

Number line completion, skip counting, and counting by 2 using a number line are good skills to focus on. This digital version of Halloween Number Lines is a one stop shop. I love this resource because it can be used in any type of learning situation. It's great for math centers in the classroom, distance learning, and hybrid situations. 

This digital unit includes numbers up to 100, so you are able to challenge your higher students. I love that this resource is so hands-on and interactive. 

Halloween Math Center

Centers are a great place to add some Halloween fun into your math lesson.Almost every first grade math block contains center time. This is where your students work independently and practice all the skills they have been learning.  While our students often describe this as fun and play, we as teachers know the importance of giving students opportunities to put the math into practice.  This Free Math Number Sense Center is just what you need to complete your centers for the month of October. 

All you need to do is print, cut, and place them in a baggie for an easy math center. The resource includes:
  • Two puzzles
  • Numbers to 20
  • Two different sizes
  • Practice tally marks
  • Number arrangement practice
Your students will love these candy corn puzzles!

Grab These Resources and More

Wouldn't it be nice to have a resource that covered ALL of the first grade math standards and skills for the entire year? I thought so too, so I created this Mega Math Practice Bundle. It includes all of the Halloween activities plus everything else you could hope for. I created it to be easily adaptable to whatever learning situation you may find yourself in. You'll be getting over 2,000 jam packed pages in both print and digital formats. Be sure to check it out!

Looking for more Halloween activities?

If you're looking for even more Halloween activities I have a ton of resources in my TPT store. You can check them all out here

I hope these fun first grade Halloween math activities get you excited about the season. I know you and your students will enjoy working your way through the math skills while participating in a little bit of spooky fun. 

Save These Halloween Math Activities

Save these fun first grade Halloween math activities to your classroom Pinterest board. You never know when you'll need a Halloween activity to engage your students. 

These fun first grade math activities are great for Halloween and the month of October.

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