Finding it ‘difficult’ to engage students during the holiday season? Of course! When we bombard kids with holiday decorating, white elephant gift parties, Christmas caroling, trimming Christmas trees and everything in between, it is no wonder students lose a bit of focus. And many teachers would prefer to put on a holiday movie and call it good!
Not so fast. How about some holiday themed math activities to engage even the most distracted learners? Christmas Theme Find the Missing Number Level 1 Numbers 1 to 10 is designed to help young learners become fluent with sequencing numbers.
Each slide contains three numbers. Students must fill in the missing number in the sequence by clicking and dragging the appropriate number into the empty box. The slideshow includes numbers 1-10 with delightful holiday season images.
Number flexibility is the ability to ‘see’ numbers in various ways. For example, the number 10 is actually 1 ten plus 1 one, or it is 8+2, or it is 10 less than 20. This concept becomes increasingly important as young mind’s learn about numbers by counting, skip counting, grouping, classifying, ordering numbers and more!
As students move on to more advanced math worksheets and concepts like addition, subtraction, fact families, and more, they gain a real sense of order and consistency when it comes to numbers.
Engaging young learners in activities to find the missing number in a sequence encourages number flexibility, or the ability to really see what numbers are made of and that they belong in a specific sequence.
How to Use Find the Missing Number Level 1 Numbers 1-10
Click on the link below. Then, choose which version you want: Google Slides or Seesaw. You can also choose to upgrade to self-checking Boom Digital Task Cards!
When you clink on the appropriate link, it will open in the appropriate app and you’re good to go.
Remember to make a copy of the Google Slides version so it is your very own editable copy. In Slides, just click on the number to highlight the box in blue and drag it when the cursor resembles a plus sign with an arrow on each end.
In Seesaw, use the Text tool (click on the large T) to be able to highlight each number to move it.
Adapt the Activity for Individual Learners
- Warm up sleepy brains with a quick round of practice counting forwards/backwards to ten, or by skip counting.
- Cater to auditory learners by asking the child to start counting the numbers at the top to first name the missing number. Then, direct them to find that number below.
- Provide appropriate scaffolding with number charts or manipulatives as appropriate.
- Challenge students to try starting with the last number and counting backwards to find the missing number.
- Print the slides to practice writing the missing numbers 1-10 in the boxes.
Other Christmas Activities for Kindergarten
Integrate the Christmas season into as many core subjects as possible with your favorite Christmas activities and crafts to keep young learners engaged.
- Language Arts: Ask students to bring their favorite Christmas ornament to tell and write about. Create a writing project around the question, “Which guest to bring to a holiday party?”
- Math: Follow a class recipe to bake and build a gingerbread house. Measure the length of several different wrapped Christmas gifts.
- Science: Perform experiments on candy canes as a fun science activity for kids.
- Incorporate a Christmas craft into your Christmas party theme to keep students busy and focused.
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