There are many ways to create a fun learning environment in the classroom during the month of February. Here are interactive Valentine’s Day math lesson plans for teachers who are on a small budget.
Valentine’s Day Budgeting Activity for Math
Collect a dozen Valentine’s Day merchandise such as candy, greeting cards, teddy bears and flowers. Put a price tag on any Valentine’s merchandise that does not clearly display the cost on its packaging material. Teachers can also use address labels or hang tags to create their own prices for all Valentine’s Day merchandise for the purpose of this math lesson plan activity. Purchase or borrow a package of play money with dollar bills and coins in all denominations.
Separate the play money into small wallets or plastic sandwich bags. These bags can each have a different amount of money or be equal in budget. Line up 12 student desks or three large tables on one side of the classroom. Create a makeshift retail store by placing the Valentine’s merchandise on these desks for display.
Valentine’s Day decorations can also be added to the desks for entertainment during this lesson plan classroom activity. Pass out a bag of money to each student or three groups of students in the classroom. Instruct them to create a shopping budget and “purchase” Valentine’s Day merchandise from the classroom retail store. Assign one student as cashier or calculate shopping totals for all students to maintain accuracy in this math lesson plan.
Take only the amount of money that covers each student’s total purchase. Bag the merchandise for students and provide them with an itemized receipt listing the prices, grand totals and payment for their purchase. Leave a blank space near the bottom of each receipt accompanied by a “Change” title. Instruct students to put any leftover money into their shopping bags and return to a desk.
Once all students are in their seats, instruct them to figure out how much change is due from their transaction. Students should then count all leftover money in their shopping bags to determine if they have the correct change. All of the money from this Valentine’s Day math lesson plan activity can also be kept for a different teaching method. In this alternative lesson, change is given only to students who have the correct answers on their receipts.
Use News Stories to Create Math Problems
Collect news reports from magazines, websites and newspapers that feature stories related to Valentine’s Day. Use these reports to develop a one-page math worksheet for students to complete in the classroom. List several math questions on each worksheet and provide stickers to each student who solves all or most of the mathematical problems correctly. A study by the National Retail Federation reported by CNN/Money in a
January 28th 2008 article titled “Can’t Buy Me Love (for under $120)”
projected that men would outspend women on Valentine’s Day merchandise.
If Men spend an average of $163.37 on Valentine’s Day gifts and cards compared to $84.72 spent by women, what is the difference in averages?
Men spend an average of $163.37 on Valentine’s Day gifts and cards compared to $84.72 spent by women. How much more money does men spend on Valentine’s Day than women?
Holiday worksheets can be customized for isolated classroom activities or used in conjunction with additional Valentine’s Day math lesson plans.