Christmas Addition Word Problems

Christmas Addition Word Problems! I wanted to show you some fun worksheets I made to practice and review addition to 10 story problems. Each one has a different theme and pieces for your students to cut out to help them add and solve! :)

Christmas Addition Word Problems worksheets to practice math in December in a super fun way!

Instead of simply plopping Christmas themed pictures on the page, the images they see and work with are actually the objects the passage is talking about. I feel like this is great reading support too and also simply helps them understand the math better too! I dislike when word problems are hard for kids to read so I try to write with simple words so kids can simply focus on the math AND these will have picture support for those who need a little extra help with their reading. :)

Christmas addition worksheets with pictures and stories to read and solve word problems

So you give them a worksheet like this. They read it.

Then, they cut out all of their pieces and start building the problem.

How to practice and review word problems in December

See how the first line is that they put 5 candy canes in the jar? So they put 5 pieces down.

Then they'd continue to build the word problem:

First Grade Christmas Math Worksheets for Addition

Encourage them to keep each number together - a row of 5 then a row of 4 - like this.

Then, they simply add up their pieces to get the answer and write 9! Awesome, fun addition learning support! :)

Another thing to notice is that I didn't put the exact number of pieces they need.... they had 1 extra. This is a purposeful design element. I want kids to count out how many they need for each number and know that they may not use all of the pieces. See how the original worksheet had 10 pieces but they used 9?

You can also keep all these pieces to use in games later if you want to reuse them! For example: If you do this worksheet with your students in small groups, they can do this sheet with you. Then, you can have them use the pieces to do tons of addition problems using the candy canes that you all do together. 

Quick example small groups lesson: Have them put all their pieces in front of them (10 candy canes in this example). Have them take 3 from their pile to put in front of themselves. Then ask them to take 2 more. Ask how many they have now. 5! Repeat for lots of problems for easy Christmas addition word problems practice that you do verbally! Such an easy and simple way to practice that is NO PREP for you because they cut them out already. :)

If you wanted them to do this independently or with a partner (or an extension activity for kids who finish their work quickly), you could also give them a piece of paper to write the number sentences they make (or a little board and a dry erase marker if you want to really score some cool teacher points). :) 

Christmas word problems for first grade

You can also easily differentiate by giving problems with smaller numbers to students who struggle a little. This Christmas word problem only has them add 3 and 3 so it's a little easier.

Another way this worksheet is slightly differentiated is that the 2 objects they're adding are technically different (red stockings and green stockings). This helps them visually see the 2 numbers added a little clearer than them simply being separated into piles or rows. 

Solving word problems in first grade December

They'd do the same process, but with smaller numbers and a little bit more of a visual difference between the 2 addends.

This is also a doubles fact so that helps too if they know their doubles facts. Speaking of doubles facts, I have super cute Christmas Doubles digital math game and also a Christmas Doubles Plus One digital math game if you use digital math games in your classroom or at home. Those go directly to them on the platform you play them on. If you want to see all of my Christmas Math Digital Games, I wrote that little post last year to show them. I made them for place value, missing addends, addition, subtraction, and some more topics because it was fun and made me feel like I was a video game designer. :) I talked in my post yesterday about how writing little Christmas books makes me feel like an author. I have to tell myself these things to get myself inspired enough to make things sometimes, ha! :) 

All of the Christmas addition word problems worksheets also come in black and white.

Christmas Addition to 10 Word Problem Worksheets

That makes it super nice to have kids do them as morning work (or classwork anytime during the day) where they also color the pieces to match the story. Plus, it's fun to color the rest of the picture including the border. :) It makes the activity take longer and gives everyone a little bit of a calm rest during these weeks leading up to Christmas.

If you want these Christmas Addition Word Problems Worksheets, they are in this pack:

I also have a completely WINTER version of these if you have any students who don't celebrate Christmas. They are the same format so they look just like these ones but have no Christmas imagery. They are suuuper cute (in my biased opinion since they're mine :) but I love penguins and snowmen and all of that fun winter stuff so I love these too!) and, again, are winter only.

If you want extra, then the winter pack is super easy to mix in with the Christmas to extend this activity for longer. For example, if you wanted to do a new word problem each day for morning work, then you could mix the 2 packs to have 2 weeks worth of daily word problems (10 days).

I have A TON of winter and Christmas activities in my Miss Giraffe TpT Store if you want to see more of my December and January fun! Make sure you follow my TpT store so you see when I post new resources too! 

I also wrote a post yesterday showing some ideas for Christmas Blends Activities (beginning blends) and I also have a big post of Christmas Writing Crafts if you want to look around more! I love writing and sharing the activities I make with all of you so I hope you enjoyed this post! :)

Christmas Blends Activities for First Grade - 5 Fun Ways to Practice!

Christmas Blends Activities for First Grade! I am excited to show you 5 fun ways to practice. Puzzles to match pictures and their beginning blends sounds, cute little readers to practice reading stories with each phonics skill, and fun worksheets that are differentiated!

If you know my resources, you know I have A TON of blends activities. They are always a favorite so I made some Christmas versions! :)

Christmas blends puzzles for kindergarten to cut out and practice initial sounds with fun December words

Cut these cute Christmas blends puzzles out and they're an instant reading center or small group activity!

Kids simply match the Christmas word to the beginning sound they hear.

Christmas blends puzzles for reading practice where kids simply match the beginning sound to the picture of the word. Easy and fun literacy center for kindergarten or first grade!

If you want them to record their answers, there is a little worksheet they can write the beginning blend in the box next to the picture.

I think it's nice to have a recording sheet for centers so you can quickly check their answers later. I also feel as though it helps solidify the practice for kids when they practice writing each blend by writing it next to each picture. It's almost as if they're doing the center twice because they match then record and any time you can have reading repetition without it feeling repetitive, that is a win!

First Grade Christmas Blends Activities - cute puzzles where kids match the picture to the initial sound they hear in the word which is great for building phonological awareness in kindergarten and first grade students

Simple, easy, fun! 

You can grab these puzzles here if you want them:

Speaking of simple, easy, and fun, you know I love cut and paste worksheets! 

If you use my Phonics No Prep Packs for teaching each sound, then you'll recognize this format. I made a Christmas Blends worksheet version of these worksheets! :)

Christmas Beginning Blends Worksheets

Kids simply match each Christmas themed picture to its beginning blend. I also made a word support version. 

Christmas Blends Worksheets with Words Support

I personally prefer no words the majority of the time but the word support versions are super helpful for:
a) differentiating, and
b) if you send these home at all

If you send a page like this for kids to do at home, it's nice to send the version with words. It's really helpful for an adult who may be helping them and not hearing blends words all day so they aren't immediately recognizing them. 

All kids do is cut out the pictures.......

Christmas Blends Activities for First Grade

then place them under the blend they hear! 

Christmas phonics worksheets

For any cut and paste activity, I highly recommend teaching kids to place all their pieces first. THEN, glue. Tell them not to glue until they put all their pieces where they want and check their work. :) I highly un-recommend allowing them to glue as they work. Arranging and then checking also teaches them great skills such as checking their own work and process of elimination.

If you have students who struggle with blends, I included a beginning sounds version with single letter sounds. The format is identical so you can differentiate easily without it being obvious. :)

Christmas Beginning Sounds and Blends worksheets with words support under each picture

You can grab both the blends AND alphabet letter sounds version of this worksheet for only $1! :) 

Now that you've done centers and worksheets.... let's read words with blends!

Christmas R S and L Blends Books

I wrote these 3 little blends readers - one for each blend! 

Santa Wants to Ice Skate focuses on words with S blends!

S Blends Christmas Book Reading Practice

I absolutely LOVE writing phonics readers. It's like a puzzle for me (and I love puzzles!) because I try to stuff as many words with that phonics sound into the sentences as possible. That can be hard to do while still making it be a cute story, but I was so happy with how these turned out!

If you look at these pages, it uses small, skates, skate, small, smiles on one page & skates, small, stop, sledding, steep on the other page. That is SO many S blends words in a short amount of reading. Because some of the words repeat, that really helps with their confidence and fluency too! I also make an effort to make the rest of the words very easily read words. I dislike when readers have hard sight words kids don't know yet in between the phonics sound they're practicing so I try to avoid that and use only easier sight words and words that can be sound out easily. It is a little hard to do with blends especially but I wanted to emphasize how much I do value that and look for that in readers.

(P.S. Speaking of sight words, if you've never seen my Sight Words Sentences cards, they are my favorite way to introduce sight words!)

Reindeer Class practices words with L blends!

Reindeer reading comprehension book L blends

This one was my favorite to write! I love the little reindeers. :)

We Prepare for Christmas practices words with R blends!

Christmas R blends reading comprehension

Anyway! I was so excited to show you all these 3 books. I always wanted to be an author so it makes me sort of feel like I am to get to write these. :)

Christmas readers for first grade phonics

I have more Christmas books than this! 

For example, Santa's House is a cute one that gives a peek inside Santa's house!

I would recommend these readers for 1st grade in December or easy 2nd grade reading. It'll be a little easy for some of your class in 2nd grade but I think they would still really enjoy reading them. Loving reading is the best part of reading in my opinion! :) I wrote them for 1st grade but you could also read them to your kindergarten students or send them home to be read with their families.

All of these books come in black and white too! So kids can color them and make them their own. Perfect for sending home! 

If you want to see a picture of a black and white version of a book, let me know! :)

I also have Winter Long Vowel Books if you're also reviewing long vowel sounds during this time of year (or after winter break). I also have non-phonics winter books at around a 1st grade level as well that are simply cute stories that take place in winter. Polar bears and penguins are so fun to use in stories and kids love them!

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my Christmas blends activities for first grade! These can be used in kindergarten and 2nd grade as well and I also have a ton of other Christmas resources if you need more. I absolutely love creating and I love Christmas so I have a lot! 

If you want some WRITING activities for Christmas, check out this blog post full of pictures of December writing activities:

These are super cute prompts for various genres!! Even if you don't want to do the crafts, you can hopefully get some super cute writing prompts ideas for December writing and see my real picture examples! It changes each year but I think "If Santa Rode the Bus" is my current favorite! :)

I also have Christmas Word Problems Addition to 10 worksheets you may love if you like the blends worksheets I showed.

If you need DIGITAL activities (for math especially!), I have a lot here:

and also here is a cute list of books you can read in December! 

I have a lot more Christmas activities I love but I think that's enough to show you right now! :) I hope you enjoyed this post!! 

To read more of my posts, check out Miss Giraffe Blog Posts Organized List and also look for me on your favorite platform! I'm probably on there sharing ideas. :)