One way to connect Thanksgiving and math is to simply create holiday-themed wordproblems. I've created a bundle of ready-to-use Thanksgiving word problems that can be printed and shared in grades 1–6. These free worksheets can also be used as a jumping-off point to create your own Thanksgiving math word problems. Download them now!
Perfect Menu for a Thanksgiving Feast Activity
Shopping Open-Ended Problems
Thoughts of a Thanksgiving feast can set one’s taste buds to watering. Harness students’ stomachs and attach their memories of Thanksgiving meals to a meaningful budgeting activity.
With the Perfect Menu for a Thanksgiving Feast Activity students will have to budget while grocery shopping for their Thanksgiving dinner items. This Thanksgiving math activity can be used for the early grades with prices in whole numbers or in the upper grades with prices using decimals. Students have to grapple with choice of what to buy and how much to buy without going over budget. Once students are done shopping, they will answer questions about their purchases and arrange their menu items on a Thanksgiving place setting! Download the worksheets now.
Thanksgiving Table-Setting Activity
The last Thanksgiving math activity I have available for download is perfect for students learning about perimeter in grades 4–6. With the ThanksgivingTable-Setting Perimeter Problems Activity students are tasked with arranging a variety of table configurations for Thanksgiving dinner. These problems will reinforce the math idea: how many ways can you create rectangle with a given perimeter? There is a template and and some sample solutions in the download, but all you really need for this activity is some graph paper. Download this Thanksgiving math worksheet now!
With a little reflection, you'll be amazed with the number of ways Thanksgiving can connect with math! Download my ready-to-go activities and use them in the classroom to ensure your students engage in meaningful math exercises while also enjoying the holiday season.