Lesson Plan #: AELP-MPS0010
Submitted by: Judy Dale
School/University/Affiliation: Bosque Farms Elementary, Bosque Farms, NM Date: 1994
Grade Level(s): 1, 2, 3, 4
- Mathematics/Process Skills
Developing, reading, and interpreting graphs is a vital skill in today’s society. It is a skill required in a variety of areas, specifically in science and math.
This activity provides a fun and exciting method through which children can explore and internalize graphing skills. Specifically, the students will discover what color Valentine Candy is found more often than any other in a standard bag of Valentine Conversation Hearts. The lesson takes approximately sixty minutes and is most effectively used in connection with Valentine’s Day.
Through this activity the students will:
- 12 oz. bag of small Valentine Conversation Hearts
- clear glass or plastic decanter (large enough to hold all of the hearts)
- small cups (1 cup for every 4-6 students)
- crayons (1 crayon for each color of Valentine Candy)
- prediction graph (created on the blackboard or chart paper)
- final result graph (created on the blackboard or chart paper)
- Valentine name tags (teacher-created, with students’ names written on them)
- sorting/classifying sheets (see Internet site below for sample sheets)
- student recording sheet (1 for each group of 4-6 students; see Internet site below for sample recording sheet)
- glue stick for attaching the initial predictions to the prediction graph
a. How many (color) Valentine Hearts did we find?
How many …..?
b. What color did we find more of than any other?
c. Did the prediction that you made turn out to be true?
d. What if we bought a new bag of candy – would we find the same number of each color of candy? Why? Why not?
Tying it all together:
Useful Internet Resource:
* Math Graphing Lesson #1 by Elliott Watts
Scroll to the bottom of the page for sample Valentine Candy recording sheet, sorting sheet, and graph.
May 1994 These lesson plans are the result of the work of the teachers who have attended the Columbia Education Center’s Summer Workshop. CEC is a consortium of teacher from 14 western states dedicated to improving the quality of education in the rural, western, United States, and particularly the quality of math and science Education. CEC uses Big Sky Telegraph as the hub of their telecommunications network that allows the participating teachers to stay in contact with their trainers and peers that they have met at the Workshops.