Valentine's Day is coming, and to help bring some excitement we put together a package of five in-class math activities for you and your students to enjoy!
These activities cover concepts like comparing objects, naming shapes, composing numbers, and more. Throw in some Valentine’s cheer, and you’ve got a fun Valentine themed math lesson.
As your class is practicing, make sure you’re paying attention to the kinds of interactions and conversations your students are having with each other. One sign of an engaging math activity is a lot of discussion. Try to harness that energy in your class as your students work their way through these Valentine problems together.
So without further ado, click here for five Valentine's Day math activities for your K-3 class. To give you a sense of how these activities can be used with your students, here's a brief overview of each activity:
To play Heart Trio, pair up students and hand each of them a Heart Trio template.
For younger students, have each student in the pair represent the number by drawing ten frames, or by creating a group. For older students, have each student in the pair represent the number by finding an equivalent expression.
When each group is finished, instruct them to cut up the heart into three pieces. Collect all the heart pieces, and redistribute them throughout the class, giving one heart piece to each student.
On your mark, have all the students try to match up their hearts with the equivalent amount.
To play Rose Bud, provide each student with a Rose Bud template. From here, have each student cut out the flower pieces and write a number from 6-12 in the centerpiece of the flower.
Students need to try to find as many different combinations that they can add together that creates the number in the middle of their rose. Students can then arrange their flower petals and glue them to the outside of their rose.
To make this activity more challenging for older students, you could use larger numbers in the middle, such as 18, and have the students try to come up with all of the different multiplication sentences that also equal that number.
To get started, cut out the squid templates and give one to each student in a group. Each student needs to draw the tentacles of the squid (they can be as long, or as short, or as asymmetric as they want!) and cut out their finished character.
The group then needs to arrange the squid from widest to least wide in order to find out which has the biggest and the smallest hug.
Make sure to ask your students what method they used to organize their squid, especially if students have drawn squids with asymmetric arms!
Provide each student with a copy of the Friend-bot activity sheet, construction paper, and glue. Have each student complete their Friend-bot by adding parts that are geometric shapes.
When they are finished, have them meet up with a partner whose job it is to identify how many of each shape was used to make the Friend-bot.
Students can challenge each other by making composite shapes, like the robot’s hands in the picture, so students must decompose them into simpler shapes.
To make this activity more challenging, you could also ask your students to include trapezoids, rhombuses, hexagons and more into their Friend-bot or challenge your students to create a symmetric robot.
For the Heart Patterns activity, provide each group with a copy of one of the heart templates. There are two different templates provided: one with each of the individual shape outlines visible, and the other with the shape outlines hidden!
Students need to use their pattern blocks to try to analyze and compose the shapes.
To increase the difficulty of this activity, you could also challenge your students to try to create their own unique heart pattern in whatever way they choose.
Happy Learning & Playing!
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