Valentine Math Investigations

Wild Child Designs
Grade Levels
5th - 6th
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20 pages
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Are you ready for some fun?

This product consists of three parts. The first part is a month-long math investigation. The second part can be done in an afternoon, or over a couple of 60 minute math sessions. I like to save the second and third parts for Valentine’s Day, after the dust has settled from our classroom party.

In part 1, students take 5 samples from a bag of 9 candy hearts every day over the course of the month. They record their daily samples, write hypotheses, and reach conclusions based on the sample data.

In parts 2 and 3, students use a box of candy hearts to collect and sort data, using fractions, decimals and percents. They write fraction equations, solve them, simplify and find equivalent fractions, and create a pie graph to represent their data.

Then, they read a brief infograph about candy hearts, and brainstorm four new candy heart sayings. Finally, they write a persuasive letter to the Necco candy company, petitioning it to choose their candy heart saying for the next year's boxes.

This product includes:
1. 3 pages of Teacher Talk directions.
2. 5 pages (black and white) of a student packet for the month long investigation.
3. One large data chart, 11"X17" (black and white) for class display for the month long investigation.
4. 7 pages (black and white) of a student packet for the Candy Heart Math Investigation.
5. 1 black and white page for students to sketch their candy heart design ideas.
6. 1 black and white stationary page for a persuasive letter to the Necco candy company.
7. 1 color infograph mini-poster.
8. 1 black and white infograph mini-poster for class copies.

That's 20 pages of sweet valentine goodness!
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20 pages
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