1-2-3 Come Do a Place Value Christmas Tree With Me
As you know, studying place value can be a bit tedious for some students, so I designed this "decorate a Christmas tree" craft, to put some “Woo Hoo!” into practicing place value.
Creating a super-cute PVT (Place Value Tree) is an especially fun activity for your students, and a nice alternative to worksheets; making it that “extra special something” you can do for the month of December.
I’ve included 2 posters to help decorate.
You’re sure to get lots of compliments, as the results definitely have that “Wow!” factor, as mixing math concepts with an artistic twist is truly interesting.
The packet is very versatile, with lots of creative options for your students to choose from, which not only results in a nice variety of Christmas trees, but allows you to diversify your lessons.
The versatility allows younger kiddos, as well as older students, to create a Christmas tree that will have a two, three or even 4-digit number value!
Keep things simple for little ones and limit the number of decorative pieces and options, while challenging older students to create a bigger value for their trees.
The sample on your right uses "ones" blocks for ornaments, with a tree trunk made out of two, "10s" rods; giving it a total value of just 32. Perfect for students working on two-digit numbers.
The sample on the left, has a value of 769. This tree has no trunk (However, there are 4 trunk options to choose from), while the 1st tree, at the beginning of my post, not only has a 100-block trunk, but a decorative tree stand pot as well. Notice the "holly berry" is a ones block.
A 10s rod can also be a fun decoration. Make them look like a peppermint stick, by coloring an AB-AB (red-white) color pattern with a red marker or crayon.
Check out the last sample tree at the end of this article, to see how I made a 10s rod look like a candlestick, with a ones block glued on diagonally, for a "flame".
I had an absolute blast designing my samples, so I can safely say, that I think your students will also have a great time making their own place value Christmas tree.
Thirteen tree patterns, 4 stars and 2 angel tree toppers to choose from; plus endless ways you can mix and match the ones, tens and hundreds block ornaments, provides a lot of variety to your classroom's creations, making for an awesome display.
Solving this “mystery math” problem is also a ton of fun.
I’ve provided several worksheet options that will help students figure this out, as they practice and reinforce the various concepts of place value.
I've put a worksheet next to the matching tree in the photographs below.
Each of the 3 is different enough, so that you can do all of them.
"Showing" their math of how they came up with their total, and explaining any conversions that they had to make, is a simple way to assess comprehension too.
Picking a partner and comparing their tree with a classmate's, provides practice with "greater, less than and equal to", math standards as well.
Students can write their total on the star or angel tree topper, or so that the place value really shows up, you can run off the 6 different elf tags, for children to write their name and the value of their tree on; placing the tag next to their Christmas tree on your bulletin board.
The trees look pretty with a black, blue or purple, construction-paper background, with the gifts glued underneath.
There are also several whole-group activities for graphing, data collection and analysis as well.
Limited time? This makes a super-fun homework assignment.
Another idea is to have students work with a partner or create one PVT in a small group of three, which will divide up the work and expedite completion.
Here’s a fun challenge: Give the small group a total tree value, and see how close they can get to hitting that number.
Students color, cut and glue the bird to the top of their writing prompt paper, then each day (for 10 days) they jot down (tweet) something sweet that they've done. (After all, Santa and the elves are watching & very interested in this information!)
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
'Tis the season for attending all sorts of activities, so time to go see the school Christmas play. Three of our 10 grandchildren are old enough to be in it this year.
Wishing you a delightful December, filled with many memorable and love-filled moments.
"Christmas, gives us time to pause and reflect on the most important things around us." -David Cameron