Carrying out 'What's the Question?' prompts is a great way to get your students thinking creatively as well as mathematically. I love making them incorporate the holiday theme, and as I have done in the past for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, in this blog post I'll share some ideas for Valentine's Day, including a freebie!
Make it Part of Your Math Wall
Print out the sections on paper and hang on the wall for all kids to see and participate in. You could add a folder or a pouch at the bottom for students to submit their Valentine's Day math word problems into, or use sticky notes to post around. If you have the resources and time, you could set up a Valentine's Day mail box for the math questions to be posted to. In the photo below I've shown an example, which you could easily use or adapt to suit your class.
To keep it large enough for the wall, print off each section as large as possible on separate pieces of paper, and then stick vertically together on the wall (as in the photos above and below).
Using this concept, I've created task cards in a similar format. You can download a set of 30 cards HERE for free. To prepare, print, laminate and cut into cards.
A way these cards can be used in the classroom:
Each student receives a card and must create a math word problem that will result in the information given on that card. After the creating part, students swap their Valentine's Day math word problems with other students. Once students complete the word problem, they check in with the creator to see if they answered it correctly!
Just because the numbers are low, doesn't mean that a challenge can't be set. To increase the difficulty of this task, challenge your kids to make word problems using multiplication, division, negative numbers, decimals, fractions or to require more than one operation!
These cards make for a great math warm-up activity on Valentine's day, You can download these themed task cards for free HERE.
You May also like some of these other Valentine's Day Themed Activities to use this week:
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