Conversation Heart Math. A Fun, Hands-On Freebie!

I'm always looking for ways to make learning hands-on and FUN.  Just like all of you, I scour the dollar bins at Target/Dollar Tree/Wal Mart/{insert store name here} in search of the *perfect* hands-on manipulatives/counters.  Don't we all love making learning fun?!  Turning the ordinary everyday things into learning materials for our littles?!  Of course we do!  

And just like you, one of my favorite seasonal counters to use during the month of February are the tried and true...and completely disgusting...conversation hearts.  {Y'all...I'm not a fan.  They have the consistency of chalk and I'm really not into eating anything that tastes like something my 2nd grade teacher used to write with.}  However, I DO love using them for learning purposes!!!  

This week we're spicing up our math activities using these chalk flavored candies.  I also have several bags of conversation heart stickers I picked up at Target, so we're using those, too.  My kids are having an absolute BLAST and really getting into the {commercial} holiday spirit!  Anything to make learning FUN!


My kids are obsessed with ANY activity requiring the use of a bingo dotter. For this activity, the kids got to choose 3 conversation hearts, count the number of letters on each, record the numbers inside the hearts, and dot the greatest number.  I've had several kid-sized requests for this activity to make it's way back into the rotation and I'm happy to comply with that request!



Of course, we'll use any excuse to practice adding and that's just what we did here!  We grabbed two conversation hearts, counted the number of letters on each and wrote them down, then added them together and recorded the sums! LOVE.




We recently introduced subtraction and this is what we have on tap later this week.  A fun little *math path* of subtraction!  My oldest loves coming into my classroom at the end of the day and scouring all the activities I have planned for the week.  He loves all things math, so he tested out this little game for me and FELL.IN.LOVE.  Bless his sweet little heart.


We've had so much fun...and looking forward to so much more!!...with these activities that I thought you might like 'em, too!  Click the pic below to download these activities...use 'em this week or file 'em away for next year!  


PS:  I now have a new obsession.  Parenthood.  I finished Scandal and Revenge so I needed something else to mindlessly occupy my nights.  OMG.  I can't.get.enough.  Somebody please rip me away from Netflix because right now we have a very unhealthy relationship.  My expanding waistline is proof!!!!  

46 comments:

  1. I hate that I have conferences this week, but I love that you just saved me with a fun activity!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing! Off to buy some yucky candy!

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  2. Cara-

    Don't Netflix Mad Men. You won't leave the sofa until at least June...

    :) Thanks for the freebie!
    Nicolette
    The Classroom Creative

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    1. Hahahhah!!! That's what I hear!!! It's in our queue and ready to watch!!! That's been on my husband's list of "must see shows" since the first season!!!

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  3. Thanks for sharing these. If we ever get out of this winter storm and wind up having school on by Friday, I'm gonna need something quick!

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    1. This weather is CRAZY!!! Hope these activities help your transition back into the classroom :) Have a great week!

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  4. Thank you SO MUCH for the adorable freebies! I am so excited to use these on Valentine's Day!

    Bethany
    Ship Shape First Grade

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    1. Oh, yay!! So happy to hear!! Hope your kids have fun with these activities!

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  5. so adorable Cara! Thank you for being so sweet and sharing with us!
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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    1. Awww...you're so sweet, Nicole!!! Hope your kids love these!!

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  6. I'm now addicted to Prison Break on Netflix!

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    1. Oh....sweet Wentworth Miller. I could watch him ALL.DAY. ;)

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  7. These are fabulous! I love that you have them counting letters as it helps reinforce the difference between letters vs. words. Thank you so much for sharing this! :)
    Tonya

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    1. Yes! This has been a win-win for some of my struggling little learners...it's a two-for-one!!! I hope your kids love these, too!

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  8. Parenthood is the BEST!!! It's so realistic!! The Bravermans drive me crazy with all their talking over each other... it may or may not remind me of my in-laws... :D

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    1. Hahahahaha!!! Made me laugh out loud!!!

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  9. Parenthood, Mad Men (takes a few episodes) and Breaking Bad. (Which I did not expect to like). Thank you for sharing school and life...it's the whole package!

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    1. Mad Men is in our queue right now and so is Breaking Bad. We watched the first season of BB and LOVED it...now we just need to catch up on the rest!! I'm anxious to start Mad Men, too!! Not enough hours in the day! HA!

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  10. Thanks for the goodies...You have to watch "The Following"...first season is on Netflix..then move to second season which has started but you can get caught up..It has twists in each show.!!!

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    1. I've been obsessed with The Following since it first aired last year!! I'm also slightly obsessed with Kevin Bacon, too ;) HA!! It's one of my FAVORITE shows!! Creepy as all get out, but I LOVE it!!!

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  11. So 'sweet' of you to share! Thank you tons!

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  12. Thank you for sharing! I totally agree with you-candy hearts are yucky!! But they make great manipulatives. :) We have kiddos who are just not ready to handle the addition so I could just have them write the number of words. They need practice with that. Do you differentiate for any of your strugglers?

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    1. Yes!!! That's a GREAT idea!!! I still have a few sweeties that need to practice that, too. I actually have a basket full of construction paper hearts that I let the kids use for number writing practice. I just give them some dice and have them roll and write a number on each to match. It would be great to set those convo hearts in there, too! I definitely differentiate instruction. For the addition activity, I had a small group work with me and we did the activity together while the rest of my friends worked independently. For the most part, their independent centers are differentiated, but I planned the addition activity as a whole group type activity so I helped my little friends who were finding it a little challenging :)

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  13. Thank you so much for the fun Freebie!! So excited! I know my kids will enjoy the activities! :)
    Mrs. Black's Bees

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  14. Thank you for the Valentine's freebie! It is exactly what I have been looking for and I know my kids will be ecstatic to use it. :)

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  15. I want to target and could not find conversation hearts! I will have to try the dollar store. I'm loving "The Good Wife". I have an unhealthy relationship with my laptop and that show right now.

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    1. My mom keeps telling me to start The Good Wife!! She LOVES it!!! She also recommended Scandal and Revenge and she hit the nail on the head on both of those :) I need to start that one next!!!!

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  16. Did you read my mind? Because I JUST bought some awesome packs of conversation heart erasers from the Target dollar section and was going to make an activity to go with them... now you saved me loads of time! Appreciate you and your great freebies! Thanks!

    --Caitlin
    The Kinder Garden

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  17. LOVE these activities!!! Crazy how the simple things are such a big hit with the lils! :) Thanks for the freebie! I agree about the chalky conversation hearts but its kind of like the Halloween candy corn, I feel obligated to eat at least one for the holiday haha.

    Samantha Kearns
    Tales of a #teachernerd

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    1. It's always the most simple that make the biggest impression, right?! HA!!! I can't say I share your same taste for conversation hearts, but give me a box full of chocolates and I'm a happy girl :)

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  18. How have I never used Bingo dotters!? 11 years and never had one for my classroom. I will def have to get some. Thanks for the freebie! I think we'll use it for addition in our Math tubs!

    Megan
    Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade

    Mrs. Wheeler's TPT

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    1. Check the Dollar Tree for bingo dotters! Cheap and cheerful! You'll be going through a lot of them because your kiddos will love them and you will find all kinds of uses:)

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  19. Thanks for the freebie!! I have a bunch of those Target heart stickers, and I've been thinking of some ideas on how to use them. You gave me a new one I hadn't thought of. On to TV. You must get back to Breaking Bad. I never thought I'd like the show. I really didn't enjoy the whole first season at all, but they kept saying: stick with it, it gets better. If you already watched the first season, you'll love the rest. It's addicting. I actually bought the last 1/2 of the last season (cause it wasn't on Netflix yet). And I may have watched it after school in 1 night until 3 in the morning!! I actually think I went through a period of withdrawal when it was over too!!

    Melissa
    Keep Calm and Love First Grade

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  20. First things first, Parenthood is addicting! My boyfriend and I watched all 5 seasons in about 2 months! Talk about couch potatoes. We're (patiently) waiting for the Olympics to be over so it finally continues! To me, it's the perfect show. Enough said.
    And second, that activity is awesome! I'm still on maternity leave so I'm not celebrating Valentine's Day in the classroom this year but I'm keeping this for 2015 :)
    Thanks for sharing!
    Sara
    Miss Elementary

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  21. Thank you so much for sharing this cute activity! I appreciate all you do and share. I could say it a thousand times over. Literally on my to-do list this week was to 'study how Cara Carroll does lit/math stations". A thank you is not enough! Now to decide if I can actually make a trip to Target with only buying these heart stickers...{currently participating in a contentment challenge!}

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  22. Thank you for this wonderful freebie! I think my Pre-Kers will be able to complete 'The Greatest Love of All' activity! I can modify the difficulty by just picking conversation hearts that are not as wordy. I ditto the excitement of finding a great manipulatives, tubs, etc. I found the most adorable plastic heart counters at the Dollar Tree a week or so ago! 50 for $1- wahoo! Thanks a bunch for the adorable ideas and products! Happy early V-day!

    Jacqueline
    I is for Inspire

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  23. Gross to eat but fun to play with! It is amazing how these seasonal manipulatives make the math they have been doing seem new and fresh.

    Tara
    The Math Maniac

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  24. The kids will just eat this up! How much fun. Who knew conversation hearts were so versatile ;)!

    Krista
    The Second Grade Superkids

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  25. try Orange is the new black and house of cards both on netflix

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  26. I love this activity. It looks so fun, thank you! I love your blog--so many great ideas. Oh, and btw, I'm a Scandal addict who is anxiously awaiting the end of their winter break. :-)

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  27. Reading about the activities I was ready to run over to TPT to buy them. Thanks for the Freebie surprise!

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  28. These activities look so fun! I love that you incorporated the holiday into your math lesson. I have found that a helpful way to get kids excited to learn is to use methods that use stories and pictures rather than traditional memorization. City Creek Press has some great picture based books and software that make learning fun and engaging while still being effective. Check out all of their products here:

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