Monday, January 25, 2016

Can You Solve My Valentine's Day Problem?

Hi, Teachers!

Today's post is short because I worked my bottom off today! What did I do? I created the coolest Valentine's Day logic problem ever, of course! I'm linking up with 4th Grade Frolics to share what I made with you. And more importantly... I want to know if YOUR students can solve it! So, I officially challenge your class to solve my epic logic problem. 


So, I really love when my students get to work on fun, holiday themed projects, but I don't have tons of time to spend on problems/projects that don't fit with my curriculum. Therefore, I created a really fun and challenging problem for Valentine's Day that really hits the Math Practices standard "Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them." That's definitely my favorite standard. Take a look by clicking below!

The Great Chocolate Disaster: A Differentiated Valentine's Day Logic Problem

This problem is on sale for only a dollar while it makes its debut in my store, but it won't be for long! Grab it at this low price while you can. It will go back to it's normal price some time before Valentine's Day. Want to take a look inside?

The Great Chocolate Disaster: A Differentiated Valentine's Day Logic Problem

The premise of the problem involves students putting their teacher's chocolates back into the right spots inside of the chocolate box. You know they are always more motivated when you are involved! To ensure everyone can use it, I made a version for both male and female teachers. It's perfect for active and tactile learners; students will cut out each of the chocolate pieces and move them to their designated spot inside of the chocolate box until they have solved the puzzle. It is a concrete method of solving the puzzle for younger learners who may not be as familiar with logic puzzles. Here are some of the chocolates!

The Great Chocolate Disaster: A Differentiated Valentine's Day Logic Problem


If you use the black and white-version, it can be a nice display for your classroom. Cut out the chocolate box when the puzzle is complete and color the chocolates. Take a piece of construction paper and glue the "box" onto the bottom half. Then fold the top half of the construction paper over it to cover it, which will make your top for the box. Students can decorate the "top" of the box to be whatever they want. Then glue the finished puzzle onto the bottom half of the paper.

The puzzle includes:
  • 2 versions of the same problem so both male and female teachers can use it each year 
  • teaching tips so the puzzle runs smoothly for teachers and students 
  • 3 differentiated clue sheets for early elementary students, upper elementary students, and middle school students 
  • black-and-white and colored versions of the pieces for the puzzle 
  • an answer sheet for students 
  • an answer key for teachers
I can't wait to use this with my students! I tested this problem out on Mr. Word On Third several times. Thanks, Mr. Word On Third!!! You rock!

If you're still looking for easy gift ideas that students can make for their families, check out my previous post here. You can see one of the easy gift ideas below.

No More Stress! 3 Easy Kid-Made Gifts For The Classroom

Are you ready for Valentine's Day? What will your students be doing? What will YOU be doing? Comment below!

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