Someday when my students look back on our holiday parties, they may be amused to realize that what seemed like a fun party was really just a bunch of cleverly disguised academic exercises. I chuckle at my own devious brilliance, actually.
For this activity, each child gets a box of conversation hearts and then engages in sorting, counting, graphing, etc., with the data their box provides. Students actually love this activity and are always fascinated by how much the contents of their box vary from their friends’. It’s my little Valentine’s gift to you all.