In my school, each classroom has abulletin boardin the hallway.

Mine is located dead center at the end of the main hallway. I had taken down ourWinter Writing Projectswith thesuper-cute, paper-pieced snowmen holding them. I had put up red butcher paper.

And that was it.

My mind was blank and the board was blank. I had no creative ideas.Pinteresteven let me down.

Just when I was about to call it a wash, cover it with green paper and move on toSt. Patrick’s Day, an idea struck.

As I told my students while I scurried around the room grabbing for construction paper in the traditional colors of love along with scissors, glue sticks and markersfrom our classroom supply center, “There are many nights when I spend countless hoursplanning lessonsand activities…and then there are times when I am walking down the hallway staring at a blank board, an idea strikes and we need to drop everything to make it happen.”

I cut the paper down to various sizes and each of them made a Valentine. They then measured the length and width to calculate thearea and perimeter. On the inside they wrote what they know about those concepts.

Since the enjoyed the project so much, I decided to whip together a quickmath learning centerfor this week…

I labeled the cards A-J and they used them similar toour task cards.  They selected a card, sketched a diagram, measured the card, recorded the dimensions and solved to find the area and perimeter. It was so simple and a great way to practice measurement, area and perimeter.

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