I hope all of you had a super Thanksgiving break. I enjoyed traveling to northern Michigan and cooking a feast for my family!
It is hard to believe that our winter break is only three weeks away! I know my third graders will be tough to wrangle for the next few weeks, so I try to keep them busy with some fun and novel activities.
This year I have decided to sharpen their math problem solving skills with an advent-style calendar to countdown the last days until our winter break.
First I created the numbered cards for the calendar:
Then I cut these out and pasted them to small envelopes:
Then I placed three differentiated math problems inside of each of the envelopes. Red Star problems are easy, Yellow Stars are medium and the Green Stars are challenging problems. I will let students choose which one they will solve (they can do all three if they choose!).
Here are samples of the three types of problems.
If you would like to do this with your student, you can find these reproducibles at my TpT store: