Christmas is coming – part 2!

Update – see fully revised and updated post: Christmas 2014

Last week’s Christmas post has proved popular – I thought I would continue the Christmas theme with some more Christmas activities!
Note Alex Pett’s comment on that post with a link to his very beautiful advent calendar complete with history and problems for each day (and turn the sound on!). It is an ActivInspire resource but Alex has also provided a pdf version.
Advent calendar Alex Pett

Transum Software who provide the popular Maths Starter of the Day activities have some excellent Christmas Starters and activities and a Christmas Numbers activity.
(Note that there is a complete index of starters on this very useful site including the topic of the starter. Many of the Shine and Write activities would also make good lesson starters.)

I mentioned some TES resources last week, Craig Barton has in fact put a Christmas Collection together. The Christmas Countdown resource would make a great series of starters. (See this page for all the TES collections).

If you are creating any resources yourself you might want to install some Christmas fonts! (shown here: christmas lights, christmas tree and kingthings christmas)
Christmas fonts

Using the excellent MacTutor History of Mathematics archive we learn that Christmas Day 1642 was celebrated on Newton’s birthday in England.

Talking of dates, perhaps we should turn our attention to 2013, why not suggest your students make 2013 calendars from the nets provided on Teacher Resources on Line? I particularly like the fold and tuck variety – no glue involved! Here’s one I made earlier!

Calendar 2013

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