November 9th, 2022

My 8 Favorite 5th Grade Thanksgiving Math Activities

Here's ways to inject some fun into class before the holiday.

As Thanksgiving approaches, many fifth grade math teachers begin to look for special holiday math activities to keep their students engaged. Students are ready for the holidays, the teachers are tired, and you need something that’s a little more fun as review and wind-down for the holiday.

Here are 8 of my favorites, perfect for a fun Thanksgiving review day.

Fractions

Wondering how to review fractions with 5th graders on Thanksgiving?

Consider these Google Sheets Pixel Art activities, which give students instant feedback on whether their solutions are correct. Students solve a series of problems, and with each correct answer students unlock a fall or Thanksgiving themed image.

The auto-grading frees your time up to differentiate with your students, and enables fast finishers to move on.

[Thanskgiving & Fall] Multiplying & Dividing Fractions BUNDLE
[Thanksgiving & Fall] Adding & Subtracting Fractions BUNDLE
[Thanksgiving & Fall] Fractions Operations BUNDLE

Decimals

Wondering how to review fractions with 5th graders on Thanksgiving?

Try Doodle Math might be a great candidate — it’s a great activity to try if your students are artsy, but getting tired of color-by-number activities. Students solve a series of problems, and each correct answer unlocks a doodle pattern that they can draw on a template image.

Like color-by-number, you can spot-check their answers from a distance, but students have more creative freedom to pick the colors for the final art project:

[Fall] Add and Subtract Decimals
[Thanksgiving] Multiplying Decimals

Expressions

Wondering how to review expressions with 5th graders on Thanksgiving?

Consider a Doodle Math 5-Holiday Pack. It’s Doodle Math packaged into a more versatile money-saving format. Like Doodle Math, students solve problems to unlock doodle patterns to fill into a template image.

But I include a collection of 5 template images for different holidays so you can reuse the activity in the future years for different holidays:

[Christmas] Order of Operations 5-HOLIDAY Pack

I also offer one-off versions of the activities with just a single image:

[Thanksgiving] Order of Operations
[Fall] Order of Operations

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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