November 14th, 2022

My 11 Favorite 7th Grade Thanksgiving Math Activities

Here's ways to engage your 7th graders in the run-up to the holiday

As Thanksgiving approaches, we need new kinds of activities to engage our students in the classroom.

Students may be excited about the holiday, and struggle to stay focused on math for the last week of class. I love Thanksgiving because it provides so many great opportunities to integrate math into all the holiday activities!

Here are 11 of my favorite 7th grade Thanksgiving math activities.

Ratios & Proportions

Wondering how to review ratios & rates with 7th graders on Thanksgiving?

Google Sheets Pixel Art is one of my favorite ways to review any math concept, as it gives students instant feedback on whether they’re right or wrong, in a fun manner. Students complete a series of problems, and every correct answer unlocks part of a mystery picture.

Here’s a few Pixel Art projects to try with your 7th graders:

[Fall] Ratios & Rates: Tables & Word Problems
[Thanksgiving] Constant of Proportionality
[Thanksgiving & Fall] Similar Figures Map Scale Drawings

Need something a bit lower tech? Try Doodle Math.

In it students complete a series of problems that unlock doodle patterns that they can draw onto a template image in the color of their choice. It’s a great option if you’re looking for something a bit different from color-by-number.

Here’s a Doodle Math activity to try with your 7th graders:

Thanksgiving Constant of Proportionality

Rational Numbers

Wondering how to review rational numbers (inc. integers, decimals, fractions) with 7th graders on Thanksgiving?

Google Sheets Pixel Art is also great for practicing rational numbers:

[Fall] Multiplying and Dividing Rational Numbers
[Thanksgiving & Fall] Adding & Subtracting Fractions BUNDLE
[Thanskgiving & Fall] Multiplying & Dividing Fractions BUNDLE

Consider this bundle of Google Sheets Pixel Art to save money:

[Fall] Rational Numbers BUNDLE: Fractions, Decimals, Integers

Another money-saving option that’s a bit lower-tech is the Doodle Math 5-Holiday Pack.

It has all of the same magic of Doodle Math, but in a more flexible form —includes a series of worksheets, combined with a series of images that you can mix-and-match across a variety of holidays.

Here’s one for decimal operations:

Decimal Operations (Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide)

You can practice adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals across Fall/Thanksgiving/Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Earth Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas, and Hannukkah.

Expressions & Equations

Wondering how to review expressions and equations, with 7th graders on Thanksgiving?

Along the money-saving lines, we have two great bundles for Google Sheets Pixel Art activities that are perfect for reviewing expressions and equations.

Here’s one for expressions:

[Thanksgiving] Evaluate Expressions Pixel Art BUNDLE

And here’s another for equations:

[Thanksgiving] Equations BUNDLE: One-Step, Two-Step, Multi Step

I hope you enjoyed these Thanksgiving math activities. As we get closer to the holiday, take some time to enjoy the season with your family and friends. And don't forget to have a wonderful Thanksgiving meal!

Happy teaching!

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