If you want to bring Valentine's Day and President's day together this is IT!
Is your math class ready for an active game? Are your students up for a challenge to show off their time and age word problems. Figure out the age difference in some of our married couples- down to the year, month, and day! The theme of this set of task cards is all about our Presidents and their LOVES and some interesting facts about their courtships, marriages, and engagements. Sweet quotes from actual love letters between the pairs are endearing and will humanize these historical characters for your students.
For example they will learn of a President who lost his first love in his arms on Valentine's Day! How sad... and even after they were engaged on Valentine's day two years earlier..
One General loved his cross-eyed bride, and one President even took time to pick rose petals to insert in a love letter while serving in the Civil War! You will meet a couple whose age difference was more than 25 years, talk about a child bride! And a pair of love birds who married in the White House. Several met on Blind Dates, while one couple met when they were only 5 and 6 years old in Sunday School class. Read more to find out who referred lovingly to his wife as his "Fat Little Dumpling!"
As your students travel with the four students on the task cards, they will have a need for reading carefully, and figuring out the months in a year. They need to know their calendars and which months have 30 days and 31! Just a HINT: in 1829 February only has 28 days!
The set contains 36 problems on task cards. Ready for you to cut apart and place on each desk to play the SCOOT, elementary classroom game with math. Directions are easy as students move from desk to desk answering a question with a time limit you put on the tasks! When you say SCOOT, they move to the next desk!
Just have them get out a sheet of paper and get ready to go! Ask them to show their work. Think of some Brain Break Exercises that students can perform while they wait for the SCOOT command.
Due to the different class sizes, I didn't label or number the task cards, and you can decide which ones to use for your own class. Some of the extra task cards may even be able to be used as bonus points if you desire for anyone who seems to finish up too fast, or for a test or quiz later. It will be helpful if you number the cards on the desk so that the students can match their answer sheet to the corresponding task card! I number the backs of the cards- consider laminating and using a dry erase marker so you can mix them up later if desired.
Some of you may simply use the pages as a fun activity or small group project for the holiday of Presidents Day and Valentines without cutting apart or playing SCOOT. You decide how to best use this resource!
There is an answer key for your convenience. The task cards may contain extra information so that your students will exercise critical thinking skills to sort out what numbers are important and which are extra. To check your students' ability to read carefully, some of numbers will be written in numeral form and some will be written in word form!
Always check for labels in the answers and encourage them to have fun taking a LOVE trip of our Presidents and their First Ladies.