Solve to Create a Snowman

Do you want to mix solving word problems with some winter fun? Solve to Create allows students the opportunity to build a fun craft while also solving word problems or completing math tasks. It is the ultimate winter word problem activity! Click HERE to see the Solve to Create a Snowman.

How to Set-Up

Here’s how Solve to Create a Snowman works: Students get into groups of 6. Each group starts at a different word problem. The group works together to solve the word problem. These can be put into Task Folder Envelopes, but that isn’t necessary at all!

Solving Word Problems

When the groups get to a task, they read the word problem as a group. The word problems come in strips (that can be glued into a spiral for solving) and one-to-a page for groups to read together. Each word problem solved allows them to gain a piece of their snowman. So, if they solve task 1 correctly they will receive the head. If they solve task 2 correctly they will get the body.

Earning Parts of the Snowman

The teacher can keep all of the snowman pieces at his/her table so that the students have to be checked before receiving a piece. OR the pieces can go with that word problem right in the folder. That totally depends on your style and student needs!

The Word Problems

The great thing about this is we created word problems for these skills:

  1. Addition and Subtraction within 20
  2. 2 and 3 Digit Addition and Subtraction with Regrouping and Multi-Step Word Problems
  3. Mixed Review with Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction

We wanted as many teachers to be able to use this as possible!

Easy to Prep Materials

The great thing about it is all you need are the word problems, recording sheets, and the craft pieces. Just print it out and go!

Editable Word Problems

To help as many teachers as possible, we also created an editable set of word problems. This way ANY teacher of ANY grade level can type in word problems to fit ANY skill! That way you can use this no matter what!

We hope that you enjoy using Solve to Create in your classroom! Don’t want to forget this lesson? Pin the image below to come back to later!

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