Spark Student Motivation {and Giveaway Info}

I am fairly confident that this product (or one of my other ones) was highlighted by someone else for this linky a few weeks back, but I wanted to mention it again as I am donating it to a {very special giveaway}!

My favorite product that I am donating is one of the first ones that I uploaded to TpT - {Conversation Heart Math}. The reason that I'm linking it to {Joanne} is because candy makes everything more interesting!

I can't stand conversation hearts. They're disgusting. Waaaayyyy to much sugar for my taste. And I don't think that I'm alone, because I often see them half-price on February 15. Which is a perfect time to pick them up for math activities for the following year. Because after about 5-6 years, the colors start to fade. I know from experience.

Anyway, this is such a fun activity to do with your kids. And honestly, you don't really even need my product to do this.

Here's what I do.
  1. Take those nasty hearts and put them in plastic bags, one for each group. I like to have my kids work in pairs or trios. I usually put 40-50 in a bag. Don't put the same number in each bag. Just throw in a handful. As I mentioned above, I use the same bag year after year, replacing the ones that get broken or fade. It never fails to have a few students ask if they can eat them when they're done. I always tell them that they can if they don't mind ten years of germs on them. Sometimes I will pick up extra to give them after the activity, but I find that most kids really don't like them either. So I just give them their valentine from me following the activity.
  2. Generate a worksheet where they estimate, sort, graph, stack, and do other fun things with the hearts. Or buy mine for $1.00. :)
  3. Walk around and watch some totally engaged kids!
I would love to give a few of these away. The first five people who repin the image below and leave the URL of the repin in the comments will get a free copy! If you are a no-reply blogger, make sure that you also leave your email!


  1. I agree... the hearts are definitely disgusting! The kids still seem to like them, though. Enjoy the game tomorrow.. or lesson planning.. or both! :)

    The 4th Grade Journey

  2. Amazing idea!!!! This would be a great review for a fun day!

    Thank you!

  3. I always buy the little boxes of the hearts as my Valentine to my kids. I give a theme pencil too. This would be nice to use with them.

    We don't get these here in the Philippines, but I bought them a year ago, so we can do activities like this. My kids here thinks it's so weird that hearts like this exist.


    I actually don't mind the conversation hearts, but I LOVE cinnamon hearts. I will eat those until my mouth is raw! :)
    Thanks! Have a great Super Sunday!


    Thank you.

  7. Yes Diane! Anything edible is ALWAYS motivating! (For teachers too-a faculty meeting is always more interesting when they serve food/snacks!). Your post made me laugh about how disgusted you are by these hearts! LOL! I only like Brach's (they're softer). Thanks for sharing and linking up!
    Here's my pin:
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  8. So how do you really feel about conversation hearts??? :) 5 to 6 years? I burst out laughing when I read that. Thanks for the giggle this morning! I needed it. :)

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings


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