If you teach elementary students, then you know October can be one of the craziest months of the year. Students seem to get the Halloween sillies weeks before the 31st! Why not join in the fun with purposeful Halloween math activities that actually keep your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students engaged in learning?
There are TONS of ways to incorporate Halloween into your math lessons, from place value and fractions to patterns and even geometry! I’ve got some fun math activities to share with you to keep the rigor and the attention this October!
Hands-on Halloween Math Activities
There are lots of low-prep, high-engagement activities you can do with a bag of candy, mini erasers, or other small decorations from the dollar store. Here are some examples:
- practice multiplication and division facts
- model fractions
- conduct probability experiments
- create patterns
- estimate length and mass
- model geometric transformations
- make 2D/3D geometric figures
It’s always fun to survey students and create a graph to display everyone’s favorite candy!
And I love to have students make up word problems using print ads from grocery, party, and costume stores.
Halloween Review Worksheets
Halloween is a great time to review place value and other content you’ve taught during the first quarter.
This no-prep set of worksheets is perfect for 4th graders to practice:
- place value/number sense for whole numbers, decimals, and fractions
- comparing and ordering
- whole number operations with estimation and word problems
These are great for math stations, warmups, morning work, homework, small groups, sub plans, and more!
Halloween Multiplication Boom Cards
Have you tried Boom cards yet? These digital Halloween multiplication task cards are a really fun way for students to practice their multiplication facts in October! They’re super easy to use and they give students immediate feedback!
Halloween Multistep Word Problems
If your students are like mine, they need consistent practice solving multistep word problems. These Halloween two-step word problem task cards are actually fun for students to complete!
You can use these task cards as an entrance or exit ticket each day leading up to Halloween! Or you can have students use them independently or in small groups during your math workshop.
Halloween Color by Number Worksheets
Color-by-code worksheets are another fun way for students to practice math skills and strategies you’ve been teaching. I promise you that “big kids” in the upper grades love to color just as much as first graders!
These activities help students review decimal place value, rounding decimals to the nearest whole number, and equivalent decimals and fractions. And the Halloween theme keeps them engaged!
I hope your students love completing these Halloween math activities during the craziness that is October! If you need some ideas for Halloween reading activities, you’ll want to check out this post!