Welcome to Day 7 of the Twelve Days of Mathematics for Christmas:
These activities were inspired by one of my grandsons’ favorite Christmas songs: the Twelve Days of Christmas. There are activities for K-3. Intermediate – MS (grade 4 – grade 7), and Secondary (Grade 8 –Grade 12) and correlated to the number of the day. Check below for the links to the FREE resources for both TES US and TES UK.
The Twelve Days of Mathematics
Day 7: Seven Swans a-Swimming
On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves and a partridge in a pear tree.
Day 7 is all about patterns! Younger mathematicians will explore patterns via calendar
math – including a few riddles. Older mathematicians will look at some interesting patterns that happen when dividing by 7 framed in the 7th fractions between 0 and 1. Secondary mathematicians will have the opportunity to work with one of the more famous historical problems – The Seven Bridges of Königsberg.
The MacTutor has a biography on Leonhard Euler as well as an article on topology and pictures that can be used of the bridges and town:
The Math Forum also has an interesting piece on the 7 Bridges problem:
NCTM Illuminations has an introductory lesson on graph theory and Euler circuits: Embroidered Math: https://illuminations.nctm.org/Lesson.aspx?id=2995
Enjoy the seventh day of Mathematics and check back tomorrow for Day 8!
Links for TES US:
The 12 Days of Christmas K – 3 Day 7: https://www.tes.com/us/teacher-lessons/twelve-days-of-mathematics-for-christmas-day-7-grades-k3-11179519
The 12 Days of Christmas Intermediate – MS Day 7: https://www.tes.com/us/teacher-lessons/twelve-days-of-mathematics-for-christmas-day-7-intermediate-ms-11179518
The 12 Days of Christmas Secondary Day 7: https://www.tes.com/us/teacher-lessons/twelve-days-of-mathematics-for-christmas-day-7-secondary-11179517
Links for TES UK:
The 12 Days of Christmas K – 3 Day 7: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/twelve-days-of-mathematics-for-christmas-day-7-grades-k3-11179530
The 12 Days of Christmas Intermediate – MS Day 7: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/twelve-days-of-mathematics-for-christmas-day-7-intermediate-ms-11179533
The 12 Days of Christmas Secondary Day 7: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/twelve-days-of-mathematics-for-christmas-day-7-secondary-11179540