Or the holidays, the break, or whatever you wish to call it.
But one thing is for sure, whatever you call it, the kids are excited, and you still have to teach!
So I figured, why not use something that goes with the theme? Something the kids could get excited about? Something that involved Math, but not endless computation or word problems?
The PNC Christmas Price Index was perfect for what I wanted to do.
They have a site for educators complete with lesson plans.
It's geared toward middle and high school students, so I modified it for my 5th graders.
I used the information they provided on the Price Index and created a table for the students to fill out using the information in the Price Index.
We sang the "12 Days of Christmas" before we began. (See video below).
They really enjoyed creating their own "12 Days of Christmas" chart I revised the chart again a little this year. Most of them shopped online. .
The holidays are always hectic. This is a great way to maintain structure, but also allow the kids to have fun!