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A Valentine’s lesson idea on Addition and Subtraction


Math, Language Arts  


3, 2  

Title – Mend My Broken Heart

By – Misty Lorenz

Subject – Math, Language Arts

Grade Level – 2-3

SET-UP: A few days prior to Valentine’s Day, I cut out red &/or pink paper
hearts. On each heart, I write a math problem on half of it, and the answer on
the other half. I then cut each heart in half (with zig-zag edges), mix them
up, pass them out, & let my students “mend their broken hearts.” (This
activity is also perfect for matching coins & their values, contractions with
the words they correlate to, etc.)

INTRODUCTION: If reviewing addition/subtraction facts, I introduce this
activity by asking the students if they know what it means to have a “broken
heart.” After a discussion & a review of addition/subtraction, I pass out the
heart pieces and tell them to “mend their broken hearts” by finding their

OBJECTIVES: The students will review addition/subtraction facts, or whatever
skill we are working on at the time.

PRIOR BACKGROUND: I remind them how to add or subtract by oral explanation and

“THE GAME”: After students are “matched up,” we check “each other.” Then we
play again, with each person starting with a different “puzzle piece.” This
activity is a real winner in my classroom!




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