Valentine's Day math and science enrichment activity all about animal hearts!
These activities are designed to provide a creative way to “celebrate” Valentine’s day while still practicing important math, science, and critical thinking skills. The three activities can be used together or as stand alone activities. They also do not need to be used on Valentine’s Day. (I just thought the heart connection is kinda fun!).
Daily Heart Beats
Students will find their pulse and calculate their resting heart rate. Then, have students use multiplication and critical thinking skills to estimate how many times their heart beats in a single day.
Animal Heart Rates
Students will use math skills and logical reasoning to match each of the 18 animals with its resting heart rate. The clues build off each other, so encourage students to read the clues carefully. Then solve if they can or skip it and come back. Students will be fascinated to learn that a blue whale’s heart only beats six times per minute!
Using the info provided about how many chambers different types of animals have, students will sort the animals into either 2, 3, or 4-chambered hearts. This is a great review of animal groups because students will need to know which animals are mammals, reptiles, etc… in order to sort them.
Bonus Valentine Bookmarks
There are eight different Valentine bookmarks included. Print these in color on white cardstock for a fun Valentine gift for your students. A black and white version is also available. Your little scientists will love the animal heart facts on each one.