After seeing so many cute ideas about how to use Conversation Hearts for math and literacy both, I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did! First, I asked each student to bring a bag of conversation hearts.
The first thing we did with them was to put them in zip-lock bags to make them more accessible. Then, I gave each student a small Dixie cup and asked them to scoop out one "cup" of hearts. I created my own graph for my own purposes and had the kids lay their hearts down on the graph. They just couldn't understand graphing with random numbers. They kept reaching back into their bags and pulling out more hearts to make the columns even. My aide and I kept giggling at their overwhelming desire to "fix" their graphs. I finally had to take their bags away from them. Finally, I had them color squares to correlate with the number of hearts for each color. When everyone completed their graphs we discussed what color they had the most of and the least of. It was interesting to find out that there were a lot of orange hearts.
The kids enjoyed this quick activity and they just had to sample a few of the hearts. I had to let them get that out of the way.
It was fun to hear the comments about the messages on the hearts. One little girl and boy kept looking at each other and giggling. Finally the little boy said, "she has a heart that says 'YOUR HOT'"...... Another little girl was worried that a girl might give a boy a heart that says "marry me" to which one of my little guys told me he was NEVER going to marry! Glad we got all that out of the way.