Valentine's Day in Math Class

Embrace your students’ excitement, and channel it into a productive Valentine’s Day-themed math activity!

Holidays always seem to bring out the chaos among middle school students, right?  Embrace your students’ excitement, and channel it into a productive Valentine’s Day-themed math activity!  Your students will LOVE working in pairs to solve problems in order to find the “secret code word.”  Here’s how it works

Embrace your students’ excitement, and channel it into a productive Valentine’s Day-themed math activity!

The Prep
Print out one copy of the 8 stations.  I like to tape them to the walls around the room and allow students to use clipboards.  It peaks students’ interest when they see the activity when they walk in.  You can also set up 8 groups of desks and place one station at each group.  Print out a copy of the Stations Workspace for each student.  EASY PEASY!


Partner A & Partner B
Have students partner up.  One student is Partner A and one student is Partner B.  They will each solve a different problem, but should get to the same answer.  This means students must each do the work but have the opportunity to consult with a partner.  I allow students to move freely around the room as a pair and complete the tasks in any order and at their own pace.


Embrace your students’ excitement, and channel it into a productive Valentine’s Day-themed math activity!

Secret Code Word
Once the partners agree on the answer, they find that number (or expression) at the key at the bottom of the page.  This gives them a letter.  Once they have collected all 8 letters, they unscramble them to determine the Valentine’s Day-themed secret code word.  This is an easy way to check that students have done the activity correctly.  (If you notice they are off by a letter, send them back to try the incorrect station again.)

Embrace your students’ excitement, and channel it into a productive Valentine’s Day-themed math activity!

Try it!
Students really enjoy this activity, AND you will love it too because your students will be working on math tasks amidst the chaos of the holiday.  Current Valentine’s Day topics include Comparing Rate of Change, One-Step Equations, Multiplying Mixed Numbers, 2D and 3D Measurement, and Factoring Trinomials.  Need a different topic?  Fill out this brief survey.

Check out my holiday-themed partner stations for other holidays, too!  Autumn/Back to School, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas/Holidays, Mardi Gras, Pi Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Summer


Join in the conversation!  What are your favorite ways to maintain a focused learning environment amidst the chaos?


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