# Christmas 2017

From the brilliant Transum Mathematics try the Christmas activities. Try ChrisMaths for example or the Christmas Numbers activity.

These Advent Calendars have problems for every age from young Primary age children to A Level (UK age 16-18).

The Advent Calendar Collection, of course, include the Nrich calendars. For more Christmas Nrich resources try Christmas Chocolates    Christmas Trees      Sums of Powers – A festive Story and Elf Suits – which looks good for thinking about systematic listing strategies!

From Teachitmaths, create a masterpiece! Mistletoe & lines; the description reads ‘Practise your graph drawing skills with a Christmassy theme! Plot the given points to draw a Christmas tree, then add your own lines of tinsel, giving the equation of each one.’ The pdf resource is free, you just need to register with the site. Further Christmas activities are available.

Craig Barton has published the TES Maths Christmas 2017 Collection which has a large collection of very varied activities which come highly recommended by teachers. From earlier years some personal favourites include Christmas Countdown (which although designed for daily use I have also used as an end of term activity) and Santa’s Reindeer (logic and number properties) both of which I have successfully used in class. Try this Twelve days of Christmas algebra activity or describe the Christmas tree here using inequalities.  This Operation Christmas Tree Excel resource makes a rather nice starter. Try this Advent Calendar complete with worksheets for students and teachers’ notes; clear instructions are given for adapting the calendar for your own classes.

Christmas Relay – Problem Solving Puzzles

On TES we have a complete set of relays from Chris Smith; my classes have enjoyed his Valentine and Summer relays, I think we’ll use the Christmas relay to complete this term! You can find more excellent resources from Chris on TES and follow him on Twitter here.

As with all these relays from Chris – all the answers are provided – brilliant!

These GCSE Maths Christmas Puzzles from chuckieirish look good as do the Christmas Puzzles from ryansmailes. Also from ryansnailes, try a Christmas Maths Activities Booklet.

GCSE Maths Christmas Puzzles – TES

Oxford University Press have some great free resources including some Christmas themed problems for your GCSE students.

Oxford University Press

Another set of Higher (Geometry) problems is here. I like their festive Venn Diagrams, they would make a nice introduction / reminder on Venn diagrams for younger students.

From MEI, the November / December M4 Magazine includes an excellent collection of 10 puzzles and challenges for your students. Full teacher notes and solutions are included and the problems are ready for you to project for your classes.

MEI’s M4 Magazine is always worth reading and you will find an excellent mix of news and also teaching resources, note also MEI’s Newsletters.

From ATM, this open resource, Plotting Coordinates, Santa is aimed at younger students and offers the chance to practice plotting coordinates accurately. I like the extension questions at the end on changing the coordinates.

TheMyMaths team released free Christmas activities and worksheets every weekday between 1st and 15th December. The team have helpfully collected all these activities here on MyMaths or on Twitter. On day#6, for example, see some Yuletide Algebra.

Here’s a Christmas tree on the Desmos Graphing Calculator site. Note this is simply a collection of lines and circles, as you can see from the syntax it is very easy to restrict x or y values.

How about a Desmos present to review equations of lines? This Christmas present graph makes a good starter.

I also created a version where the lines are all black which means I can easily change the colour of just one of the items to clearly display each.

For more on getting creative with Desmos, see Graph Art on Mathematics for Students.

On Suffolk Maths you will find this large collection including games, puzzles, relays, quizzes, constructions…..

Mostly for younger children, Top Marks have put their favourite Christmas Activities together.

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

…and a few more Christmas resources:

We could do the annual calculation and work out how many gifts are received over the 12 days of Christmas.Murray Bourne has all the answers and more on squareCircleZ or have a look at this YouTube video.

On the subject of videos, try a video advent calendar from Numberphile!

Click on the graphic below to see just how hard Santa works! (Published: December 2010 by Advertising Agency: Benedict & Helfer, Hungary.)

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

click on the image …

Christmas 2017 WolframAlpha count and other information you probably are not too worried about for Christmas Day!

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year. Thank you for reading and for all the various comments. Have a wonderful and well-deserved break when we get to the holidays!