Love Math Like You Love Chocolate

According to the National Retail Federation, consumers in the United States spent more than $1.7 billion on candy and chocolate for Valentine’s Day last year. While dentists may be disappointed to hear that figure, as a math teacher, I see an opportunity to  share a delicious #MathMoment for any elementary school student.

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You can use the pictures above or use any typical box of chocolate to answer the following questions, which are each aligned to a Florida Standard.

MAFS.K.CC.2.4 – How many chocolates are there? What’s the best way to count them?

heartFirst GradeMAFS.1.G.1.3 – What does each type of chocolate look like if it’s cut into halves? Fourths?

heartSecond GradeMAFS.2.MD.4.10 – What would a bar graph or a picture graph look like if it represented this heart box of chocolate?

heartThird GradeMAFS.3.NBT.1.3 – How many calories would you consume if you ate the entire container of chocolates?

heartFourth GradeMAFS.4.G.1.3 – How many lines of symmetry do you see in each type of chocolate? Are there any other lines of symmetry hiding anywhere?

heartFifth GradeMAFS.5.NBT.2.7 – If this heart-shaped chocolate box costs $4.97, how much would it cost to buy one for each person in your class? What about each person at your school?


EXTRA CREDITMA.4.A.6.5 – After February 14, stores usually mark their Valentine’s Day candy down by varying percentages. This makes a trip to the grocery store a great chance to practice percents with your child – you can even consider offering a sweet treat as a reward for correct answers!

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