Don't throw those chocolate heart boxes away! (Although I know we don't want reminders of eating way too much chocolate at Valentine's Day!). But you really can use them in many ways in your classroom.Empowering Little Learners has a great parent letter to send home to save heart boxes for your classroom. Click the image for her post.
2) MATH - One student gave me an adorable chocolate heart box that is perfect for holding bottle caps (So you know I was happy!) So, after eating all the chocolates inside for breakfast, I came up with a game for practicing equivalent fractions, decimals, and percentages.
The pretty box!
I placed Avery stickers with fractions on the top of each bottle cap. See how they fit in perfectly? This should work with any chocolate box that has round chocolates.
Then inside each bottle cap, I placed an equivalent percentage sticker, and then inside each hole I placed an equivalent decimal sticker.
So, students will play by pointing to a bottle cap and naming its equivalent decimal and percentage.
If they're right, they keep the cap. If they're wrong, they need to put it back. The student with most caps, wins.
You will find that I put the fractions and decimals on one page and then repeated the fractions and percentages on the next page. I apologize about that, but I decided to add percentages half-way through the creation and Avery can be a little difficult when you try to change labels.
3) READING - Here's a really cute idea from Finally in First for using heart boxes with real and nonsense words. Click the image for the post.
So, here are just a few of many possibilites. Do you do any cool activities with heart boxes? Let me know, and I'll link it up here at The Green Classroom!