# Christmas Numbers

## Here is a numerical Christmas quiz for a little festive fun. You may ask an old person or use the Internet to help you find the answers to the difficult questions.

 In what year was the film 'White Christmas' released? How many reindeers are mentioned in the introduction to the song 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer'? How many days lie between Christmas Day and New Year's Day? In how many different ways can the letters in the word XMAS be arranged? How many letters are in the French word for Christmas? The scientist Sir Isaac Newton was born on Christmas Day in which year? Christmas day is the 25th December. What is the cube of the square root of 25? The Christmas story refers to three wise men. If 3 wise equal 27 what is y2-2? A Christmas star is made from two equilateral triangles. What is the sum of the interior angles of two triangles? You shouldn't be mean at Christmas but what is the mean of the answers above?
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#### ChrisMaths

Christmas activities make those December Maths lessons interesting, exciting and relevant. If students have access to computers there are some online activities to keep them engaged in worthwhile, festive mathematics.

Transum.org/ChristMaths/

#### Xmas Tree Trim

Use the lights provided to decorate each of the Christmas trees so that no two trees are the same. There are many levels to try.

Transum.org/go/?to=xmastrim

#### Xmas Consonants

After working out which vowels are missing from the Christmas words do some basic calculations.

Transum.org/go/?to=xmasconsonants

## Instructions

Try your best to answer the questions above. Type your answers into the boxes provided leaving no spaces. As you work through the exercise regularly click the "check" button. If you have any wrong answers, do your best to do corrections but if there is anything you don't understand, please ask your teacher for help.

When you have got all of the questions correct you may want to print out this page and paste it into your exercise book. If you keep your work in an ePortfolio you could take a screen shot of your answers and paste that into your Maths file.

## Transum.org

This web site contains over a thousand free mathematical activities for teachers and pupils. Click here to go to the main page which links to all of the resources available.

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#### Pentransum

Answer multiple choice questions about basic mathematical ideas. If you get a number of questions correct you will be invited to post a question of your own. The bank of questions grows larger every day.

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## Go Maths

Learning and understanding Mathematics, at every level, requires learner engagement. Mathematics is not a spectator sport. Sometimes traditional teaching fails to actively involve students. One way to address the problem is through the use of interactive activities and this web site provides many of those. The Go Maths page is an alphabetical list of free activities designed for students in Secondary/High school.

## Maths Map

Are you looking for something specific? An exercise to supplement the topic you are studying at school at the moment perhaps. Navigate using our Maths Map to find exercises, puzzles and Maths lesson starters grouped by topic.

## Teachers

If you found this activity useful don't forget to record it in your scheme of work or learning management system. The short URL, ready to be copied and pasted, is as follows:

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