Coordinating a Valentines candy battle!
Valentine’s Day is all about having fun, building community and learning! Do it all with standards-based material is a bonus for teachers.
This activity works great as a math center for your students to play independently or with initial support.
“What a great idea! My students became obsessed with this game!” – Leann
First, decide if you will begin with Candy Battle 1 which uses a letter dice and a regular dice (for students who are just learning coordinate grids and plotting points) or Candy Battle 2 which uses two regular dice.
Next, print out coordinate grids (laminate for durability), gather candy (6 per student), plastic math counters, and dice.
Then set up your center and you are ready to go!
While coordinate grids are a Common Core State Standard for 5th grade and beyond, plotting ordered pairs on the coordinate plane is easily mastered by students in grades 2-4 as well. I have seen middle school students become engaged and competitive with this game.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
PDF download includes:
- Science standards
- Lesson tips
- 2-page worksheet for individual students or groups
Common Core Focus: Science
Key Ideas and Details
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.G.A.1 Use a pair of perpendicular number lines, called axes, to define a coordinate system, with the intersection of the lines (the origin) arranged to coincide with the 0 on each line and a given point in the plane located by using an ordered pair of numbers, called its coordinates.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.G.A.2 Represent real world and mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and interpret coordinate values of points in the context of the situation.