After students have passed out valentines, have fun experimenting with candy hearts with these hands-on ideas that incorporate math, science, ELA and social studies.
Candy Heart Math
Above are classic candy heart math activities:
1. Place Value: Students scoop candy hearts into a cup. Next, they create groups of tens. The remaining hearts belong in the ones group. Then, students write how many tens and ones they have and figure out the total.
2. Tally / Fractions: Students take the hearts they scooped out and tally how many of each color they have. Then, they write the fraction for each color.
3. Graphing: Students make a graph to represent the colors they have.
4. Estimating: Make a large heart and have students estimate how many candy hearts they think will fit inside of it. Once they make a guess, have them figure out how many will actually fit in it.
5. Standard Measuring: Have students make different stacks of candy hearts and record their measurements.
6. Nonstandard Measuring: Make different paper hearts of various sizes. Have kids use hearts to find the length and width. How many candy hearts long and wide is each paper heart?
7. Patterning: Have students create different patterns with their candy hearts.
8. Division: Explore groups of with candy hearts. For example, give students 4 hearts and have them make groups of 2 (4/2=2)
9. Multiplication: Construct arrays!
Candy Heart Science
1. Classification idea via ehow
: Classify candy hearts by number of letters on the heart. Organize them into groups. Another idea is to classify hearts by the message. Is it friendly or mushy?
2. Dissolving: What will a candy heart dissolve fastest in: ice, room temperature, or hot water?
3. Dancing Hearts: Add candy hearts to Sprite or 7-Up and watch them dance! This experiment ties in great with a unit on the states of matter.
Candy Heart Literacy
1. Have kids write original letters or stories with candy hearts!
2. Encourage students to come up with their own unique sayings. What would you say on a candy heart?! Click here
to see how candy hearts have changed over time. To integrate Social Studies
, look up the history of the candy heart.
3. Identify the parts of speech on various candy hearts.
Erin Bittman is a second-/third-grade student teacher in a multi-grade classroom at a German Magnet School. She attends the University of Cincinnati. Check out her blog, E is for Explore!