When math has real life connections, learners are more motivated to learn. Here are a few ideas surrounding the Valentine's Day theme to support mathematics. Try some of these in the classroom or for your 'family math' nights.

**Valentine's Day Math Ideas: Don't Miss A Beat!**

How could you measure the perimeter of a heart? *A string may help you.....*

How would you measure the area of a heart? *Think of a heart as a cone.....and circle....*

How many times does your heart beat in one minute? five minutes? 1 hour?

Can you predict how many times your heart would beat in a year?

What is the 'mean' of your heart rate?

Make a graph and show which activites you do throughout the day cause a faster or a slower heart rate. Once this is recorded, analyze it!

Find a formula or algorithm for the following problem: You want to make a heart shaped math book, with one math question on the first page, 2 math questions on the 2nd page, 3 math questions on the 3 page. How many math questions will you need for a 25 page book? 50 page book?

Fill a jar with candy hearts, estimate how many are in the jar!

Every minute, the heart pumps blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels. Find out what the distance is for one second, ten seconds, 45 seconds, 2 hours, etc. Make a chart to record the results.

Determine how many candy hearts you will need to spell your name with them. Estimate then calculate! *Remember, 50% of the math skills we use involve estimation!*

If your dad offered to buy your mom 2 dozen roses, or give her 1 rose on day one and doubled it the next day and doubled each day for the next 5 days, which offer should she take?

If there are 22 people in your class and everyone gave each person a valentine, how many valentines would be exchanged altogether? How could you find out?

There are a variety of word problem and problem solving questions that you can easily change to fit a Valentine theme, use your imagination and creativity. After all, teaching is an art, if it was a science, there would be one way to do everything.