Math Activity Themes: Valentine Problem Solving

Valentine Problem Solving:

  • Pascal's Hearts challenges students to use patterns in Pascal's Triangle to complete the diagram, then extend the pattern.
  • Heart Paths challenges students to find all the different paths that spell HEART if they can only move from a letter to one of the two letters directly below it.
  • How Many Valentines? challenges students to look for patterns to solve the problem about class valentines.
  • Check out the Mathwire Problem Solving Collection.
  • Find more Pascal and path activities in Mathwire's Discrete Math Collection.
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More Valentine Math Activities

Be sure to check out the Mathwire Winter Math Activities collections for more seasonal math activities and resources designed to develop mathematical concepts and skills:

  • Winter 2005 Math Activities: include Koch Snowflake, Penguin Math, Snowflake Activities, Snowman Problem Solving, Literature Connections, Winter Glyphs, Winter Data Collection, Gingerbread Activities, Winter Coordinate Graphing, Holiday Problem Solving, and samples of student work.
  • Winter 2006 Math Activities: include penguin math, winter coordinate graphing activities, snowflake activities, literature connections, winter glyphs, winter problem solving and links to additional online activities.
  • Winter 2007 Math Activities: include Winter Geometry, Pattern Block Snowflakes, Snowman Math, Penguin Math, Gingerbread Math, Winter glyphs, Winter Coordinate Graphing Activities, Winter Problem Solving, Winter Math-Literature Connections, and Links to Winter Math Activities on the web.
  • February 2006 Math Activities, updated for 2007, include Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day, Winter Olympics.
  • Valentine's Day 2008 Math Activities include Valentine Probability, Valentine Discrete Math, Valentine Quilts, and Valentine Symmetric Faces.

Presidents Day

Consider using a data analysis activity about U.S. Presidents that requires students to analyze data in a table, construct a frequency table and graph, then finally convert this to a U.S. map picture of the data.

  • Where Did They Come From? is a mathematics-social studies activity that analyzes the data on the home states of U.S. Presidents. Do you know which state has given us the most Presidents?

U.S. Census Activities

Students will implement data analysis skills as they tackle U.S. Census Data. Check out these resources for suggested student activities:


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Activities:   The activities on this site were developed by Terry Kawas and the teachers in districts where she has worked as a math consultant and coach or with students she has taught in college math-methods courses.   The activities are classroom-tested by teachers and appropriate modifications have been made to reflect this field-testing.   These activities are posted online in an effort to share quality activities and routines within the mathematics community.

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