Numbers are CREEPILY Flexible

The fall can be such a fun time in the classroom. Instead of trying to fight the excitement around Halloween, lean into it with a fun math craft! There are so many different ways to represent the same exact value! Challenge students to see the flexibility in ways we can name a value with a *creepy* craftivity. 

Step 1: 
Ask your students to come up with a 3 digit number.

Step 2: 
Either assign a variety of representations to your students or brainstorm as a class about the different ways that you could represent a number. Include ideas such as:

  • Standard Form
  • Unit Form
  • Word Form
  • Expanded Form
  • Place Value Drawings
  • Addition Equations (Could you write an equation that results in your number?) 
  • Subtraction Equations (Could you write a subtraction equation that results in your number?) 
  • Represent as money
  • Etc! 
Step 3: 
Choose a fun Halloween shape to display your numbers. Think about ideas like: 
  • A haunted house with the number in the roof and a different representation in each window. 
  • A spider with representations on the legs. 
  • A ghost with the number and representations on gravestones in a grave yard. 
  • A skeleton with representations along the bones. 
Voila! A math lesson and a fun Halloween craft all in one! 

If you are looking for a pre-made template to use for these crafts I have both a skeleton and spider option available in my TPT store!

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  1. This is a fun way to assess student's learning of numbers! I'm going to try this in my classroom with my students this week! Thanks for sharing your idea!

  2. Fabulous idea! My kids will love doing this, and it can easily be adapted for 2nd grade. Thanks so much for sharing!


  3. I just found this on pinterest I love it. Great for Halloween time.
    Daisy Fryer at Not Your Mother's Math Class