Reinforce many skills with this Valentine's Day broken-heart matching game.
Game, Valentine's Day
This is a simple and fun activity that can be used around Valentine's Day. It can be used at any grade level -- yes, even high school -- to build or reinforce skills. Simply cut out paper hearts so there are half as many hearts as you have students. (Pink paper works best because writing on red paper is not so legible.) Then use random zig-zag cuts to cut each heart into two pieces. All the hearts should have distinctly different cuts. Then write on the matching heart pieces two related pieces of information. For example:
As you can see, this game is very easy to adapt to the subject and grade level you teach. Take advantage of the game's versatility -- and its fun -- as Valentine's Day approaches.
The rules of the game should be obvious: give each student half of a heart and see how long it takes them to find the classmate who has the matching half that will enable them to "mend" the broken heart.
AssessmentOnce students have played one round of the game, you might collect and redistribute the hearts. Does the time it takes for students to find the classmate who holds their matching heart-half improve with each round?
Lesson Plan Source
This game is very versatile. It can be used to help meet almost any standard in any subject at any grade.
See more Lesson Plans of the Day in our Lesson Plan of the Day Archive. (There you can search for lessons by subject too.)
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Originally published 02/03/2006
Last updated 02/13/2009