A learning-focused Valentines Day
Want to keep teaching standards-based math on Valentines’ Day and have your students love it? These cards will engage your intermediate grade students (Grades 4-5).
Included are cards for students to write their answers and keep track of their progress. I’ve also included an answer key!
You could have students work in pairs or triads to solve each of the problems. Another option is to put these task cards and a pile of the answer cards at a center for students to rotate through with other Valentine centers. Students could earn points at each center depending on how much they got accomplished.
“These were a perfect lead-in to our class party! Thanks.” ~Barbara M.
- Print out the task cards on cardstock or paper, cut and laminate to use year-after-year.
- Print the answer cards (enough so each student has one) on paper and cut.
- Print the answer key just for you!
- Pop it all in a zip top bag ready for your center.
When ready to launch the tasks, make sure students have access to whiteboards or scratch paper to do all their math work.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Common Core State Standards—Math
Key Ideas and Details
Operations & Algebraic Thinking
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.OA.A.3 Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted.
Number & Operations – Fractions
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.B.4 Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction by a whole number.
Measurement & Data
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.MD.A.2 Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money, including problems involving simple measurements given in larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Represent measurement quantities using diagrams such as number line diagrams that feature a measurement scale.
Key Ideas and Details
Number & Operations in Base Ten
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.NBT.B.6 Find whole number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.NBT.B.7 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.
Number & Operations—Fractions
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.NF A.2 Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. Use benchmark fractions and number sense of fractions to estimate mentally and assess the reasonableness of answers.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.NF B.3 Interpret a fraction as division of the numerator by the denominator (a/b = a÷b). Solve word problems involving division of whole numbers leading to answers in the form of fractions or mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.NF B.4 Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction or whole number by a fraction.