Before the parties and passing out treats, lower school students packed a lot of learning into Valentine’s Day. Teachers came up with creative science, math and language arts lessons built around February 14’s favorite traditions.
Students watched with glee as Ms. Hovendick and Miss Kincaid used candy conversation hearts as the main ingredient in their classroom science experiment. They dropped blue, green and pink hearts into water, soda and vinegar. As the hearts dissolved dissolved, students made observations about what happened to the liquids (they changed color) and how quickly the hearts dissolved.
Kindergarten students made valentines for their parents and grandparents in Dr. Lorenz-Do’s Spanish class. They learned new vocabulary words including abuelo and abuela, te amo, and Feliz Día de San Valentín.
FIRST AND THIRD GRADE HEART STACKS
Ms. Thum’s third graders and Ms. Will’s first and third graders used candy hearts to test their engineering skills, pairing up to see who could stack their hearts the highest. With each try, the pairs of students had to adjust their strategies to try to improve.
FIRST GRADE HEART CHARACTERS
Grade 1 students created heart-shaped characters using a color and shape legend that indicated personal traits, such as the number of letters in their name or their favorite treats.
WRITTEN WITH LOVE
Grade 2 students wrote paragraphs about what love means to them, after reading the story “Love, Splat.”