This collection of Thanksgiving math activities for the middle school or high school classroom will give your students the opportunity to feast on the joy of math this Thanksgiving season. Check out this cornucopia of engaging Thanksgiving math activities that will keep students engaged and captivated.
Thanksgiving Themed Math Lessons
Here are a collection of Thanksgiving math activities that can be used in multiple grade levels from middle school to high school.
Topics covered include
- graphing on the coordinate plane
- domain and range
- writing linear equations
- classifying angles
- systems of inequalities
- related rates (calculus)
This Thanksgiving Mystery Tangram Puzzle combines two of my favorite things: tangram puzzles and coordinate plane graphing activities.
Students must graph the given points on the coordinate plane and connect the dots in order to form a turkey outline that they can then create using a standard set of tangram puzzle pieces.
Lisa Richardson offers a free printable domain and range turkey activity that is perfect for Thanksgiving!
Practice writing linear equations with this fun and engaging Turkeys in the Oven Review Game.
Teaching a different topic? The Turkeys in the Oven blog post explains how to adapt this review game structure for any math topic!
Mathy Miss Grove shares a creative Thanksgiving math activity where students must save Tommy the Turkey by finding all of his angles.
Can your students solve this turkey and mashed potatoes system of inequalities activity from Carolyn Lantos to help save Thanksgiving?
Divya Kaushal shares a fun project where students create their own Thanksgiving-themed related rates problems in Calculus. How fun!
Thanksgiving Puzzles and Games
These thanksgiving puzzles and games can be used with students and adults of all ages!
In this fun Thanksgiving word puzzle, you must combine the provided letter trio cards to spell out some words associated with Thanksgiving. Will you be able to spell all of the words correctly?
Students especially love working on this Thanksgiving puzzle in groups.
This triangular turkey puzzle is such a great conversation starter. How many different triangles can you find in this picture of a Thanksgiving turkey?
This fun Thanksgiving math puzzle is courtesy of the late, great Martin Gardner.
This fall-themed pencil and paper game has a pumpkin design which will fit in with either Halloween or Thanksgiving.
On your turn, you may pick any number of pumpkins in a single row or an equal number of pumpkins in both rows. The player who picks the last pumpkin wins.
Ms. Rawding adds a fun Thanksgiving twist to the classic latin square puzzle.
Can you arrange the turkeys in the field so that there is exactly one turkey of each color in every row, column, and diagonal?
Elizabeth Carney puts a Thanksgiving spin on a classic math brainteaser.
Can you draw two additional squares so that each turkey is by itself in its own pen?
Without lifting your pencil or dry erase marker, can you draw 4 straight lines that pass through all nine of the pumpkins?
This puzzle will definitely require your students to get thinking “outside of the box!”
Thanksgiving Gratitude Activities
Looking for ways to incorporate gratitude into your classroom this Thanksgiving? Check out these ideas!
Help your students show their thankfulness this Thanksgiving season with a collection of free printable thank you notes.
My students love to write these thank you notes to various staff members and then hand-deliver them.
Mary Williams shares an easy to put together gratitude bulletin board that will brighten your classroom or hallway this Thanksgiving season.
Each student writes something they are thankful for on a construction paper feather. These are assembled to form an adorable turkey display!
Miscellaneous Thanksgiving Ideas
Start a new tradition at your school with an annual hand turkey competition. Kris Karlson shares examples of winning hand turkeys from years past.
Mitch Meier shares a clever Thanksgiving themed check-in question where students must use a slider to decide which turkey image best describes them. Very clever!
This would be so easy to customize for any holiday!