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October 28, 2014

# Common Core Halloween Math: Printable Games for Number Sense

Our math units circle back to addition fluency problems in October, and students start to become a little bored with the same old thing. To spice things up for the holidays, our first grade changed out some of the traditional manipulatives and word problems with Halloween-themed treats. If Halloween isn’t an appropriate theme for your class, fall leaves with foam stickers or silk leaves as manipulatives works just as well. The important thing is giving students many opportunities to practice computational fluency while enjoying their work.

Some fun, fall manipulatives might include:

• Halloween foam shapes

• Black, orange, and white foam shapes

• Fall leaf stickers

• Silk leaves

• Acorns

• Pumpkin seeds

• Candy (candy corn, individually wrapped gum, etc., or images of the same)

• Plastic monsters or spiders

### Content Standard

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.A.1
Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

### Activity — Halloween Word Problems

Change out the usual word problems for a little more fun. Switch activities so they are Halloween or fall-themed. Manipulatives can be real items or paper prints. Try a word problem finding a combination of candy and paper candy manipulatives, or a variety of “stick and solve” problems printed on mailing labels to stick into a math notebook.

### Content Standard

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.C.5
Relate counting to addition and subtraction (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2).

### Activity — Candy Corn in a Cup

Grab between 8 and 12 candy corns (or individually wrapped candy, or images of the same) and some fun, themed cups. Partner students. One partner hides some of the candy in a cup. The other partner uses what they see to help determine what is hidden in the cup. Then students record work on a chart. Students can use a variety of strategies, such as mental subtraction, knowledge of addition, or counting up.

### Content Standard

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.G.A.2
Compose two-dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half-circles, and quarter-circles) or three-dimensional shapes (cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones, and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape, and compose new shapes from the composite shape.

### Activity — Geometric Black Cat

Students use pattern blocks to fill in a cat shape. They should try to fill in one version with more shapes, and one with less. Then they can record how many of each shape they used and the total number of shapes used. To extend learning, have students use shapes to create their own Halloween or fall pictures and trace the edge. They can share with partners and challenge their partner to fill the picture they made.

Halloween and autumn math fun doesn’t stop there. Learn more with these activities:

"Halloween Multiplication Mysteries"

"The Pumpkin Project — Math, Science, and Fun!"

"Pumpkin Investigations Using Mean, Median, and Mode"

What fun ways do you brighten up math workshop?

Our math units circle back to addition fluency problems in October, and students start to become a little bored with the same old thing. To spice things up for the holidays, our first grade changed out some of the traditional manipulatives and word problems with Halloween-themed treats. If Halloween isn’t an appropriate theme for your class, fall leaves with foam stickers or silk leaves as manipulatives works just as well. The important thing is giving students many opportunities to practice computational fluency while enjoying their work.

Some fun, fall manipulatives might include:

• Halloween foam shapes

• Black, orange, and white foam shapes

• Fall leaf stickers

• Silk leaves

• Acorns

• Pumpkin seeds

• Candy (candy corn, individually wrapped gum, etc., or images of the same)

• Plastic monsters or spiders

### Content Standard

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.A.1
Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

### Activity — Halloween Word Problems

Change out the usual word problems for a little more fun. Switch activities so they are Halloween or fall-themed. Manipulatives can be real items or paper prints. Try a word problem finding a combination of candy and paper candy manipulatives, or a variety of “stick and solve” problems printed on mailing labels to stick into a math notebook.

### Content Standard

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.C.5
Relate counting to addition and subtraction (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2).

### Activity — Candy Corn in a Cup

Grab between 8 and 12 candy corns (or individually wrapped candy, or images of the same) and some fun, themed cups. Partner students. One partner hides some of the candy in a cup. The other partner uses what they see to help determine what is hidden in the cup. Then students record work on a chart. Students can use a variety of strategies, such as mental subtraction, knowledge of addition, or counting up.

### Content Standard

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.G.A.2
Compose two-dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half-circles, and quarter-circles) or three-dimensional shapes (cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones, and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape, and compose new shapes from the composite shape.

### Activity — Geometric Black Cat

Students use pattern blocks to fill in a cat shape. They should try to fill in one version with more shapes, and one with less. Then they can record how many of each shape they used and the total number of shapes used. To extend learning, have students use shapes to create their own Halloween or fall pictures and trace the edge. They can share with partners and challenge their partner to fill the picture they made.

Halloween and autumn math fun doesn’t stop there. Learn more with these activities:

"Halloween Multiplication Mysteries"

"The Pumpkin Project — Math, Science, and Fun!"

"Pumpkin Investigations Using Mean, Median, and Mode"

What fun ways do you brighten up math workshop?

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