Santa's Christmas Shopping Spree - 5th Grade Decimals Challenge

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Are you looking for a fun and challenging decimal review activity that will also get your students into the Christmas Holiday spirit?  Santa’s Christmas Shopping Spree will have your students calculate the cost of Santa’s trip to deliver toys to good boys and girls all over the world!  This engaging activity has students show their understanding of decimal operations. Students will be adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals to solve various problems.

A digital and printable version is included - perfect for distance learning!

In this activity, Santa's toy shop loses electricity and he must purchase some remaining Christmas toys from a store. Your students must calculate how much it will cost for him to purchase them. In addition, they will calculate sales tax on the items and answer several word problems.

There are additional activities added in that are more rigorous to challenge your students and further review for some of your students who are still working on mastering these skills. These items include calculating gas mileage and costs, the amount of time it will take to get there given different speeds, etc., and the difference in cost between some of the toys.

This is a perfect way to review decimals before Winter Break!

Standards:  5.NBT.7

How Can You Use This? 

Use this printable and digital activity during the last 1-2 weeks of school before winter break.  These activities can be assigned together as a culminating project for Numbers in Base Ten, or as separate activities for different levels of students. You can also have students complete “Tallying Toys” and “Calculating Costs” and then set the other activities out as centers.

Differentiate: Assign some or all of the pages to your students, depending on how much of a challenge they need.

You can have students complete one activity each day, use the activities as centers, or assign them through Google Classroom for a sub if you need to take a day off of school!

What You Get

What You'll Get:

6 Activities

  • Counting the Toys - counting and making a tally chart 
  • Calculating Costs - multiplying decimals by whole numbers and adding decimals
  • Comparing Toys - adding and subtracting decimals
  • Totaling Taxes - adding decimals, and multiplying decimals by decimals
  • Perfect Timing - Dividing whole numbers by Decimals
  • Gasoline Gauge - multiplying whole numbers by decimals, multiplying decimals by decimals, dividing whole numbers by decimals, dividing decimals by decimals


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The kids really enjoyed using the skills they had learned about decimals and applying it to this resource.  It was fun and engaging for them.  - Rebecca M.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Great way to engage students in math during the holidays.  It's challenging but perfect for reviewing decimal operations.  - Kristi Z. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was super engaging and helped my students stay focused and dive into our decimal unit in a different way.  - Jennifer G.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I appreciated how easy this was to prepare and give my kids a fun way to review decimals, especially in the crazy week before break. Thank you!  - Kaelee M.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wonderful project! My students were excited to help Santa with his shopping list.  - Tamia C.

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