What Do You Love? Graphing With Art

What Do You Love? Graphing With Art lesson plan

Make magnificent magnets to use when you take a vote on Valentine's Day to find out your friend's favorites!

  • 1.

    Imagine traditional and new symbols representing Valentine's Day. Research the holiday to find its traditions.

  • 2.

    Cut a 3-inch (7 cm) square of poster board or thin recycled cardboard.

  • 3.

    On this base, design a unique, colorful symbol for Valentine's Day with Crayola Markers.

  • 4.

    Cut colorful strips of construction paper. Decorate strips with Crayola Construction Paper Crayons.

  • 5.

    Loop, fold, and twist strips into expressive 3-dimensional arrangements on the square base. Glue on strips. Air-dry flat.

  • 6.

    Attach magnet tape to the back of the base.

  • 7.

    In small groups, design surveys to determine classmates' favorite things, such as music, colors, events, or foods. Work together to create pictures for the choices in each category.

  • 8.

    Conduct your survey. Post pictures in a column on a magnetic board. Invite classmates to place their Valentine magnets in rows behind each category to record their votes.

  • 9.

    Analyze the results and report the results and your interpretations to the group in an oral summary.


  • LA: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • MATH: Represent and interpret data.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • SS: Give examples and describe the importance of cultural unity and diversity within and across groups.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Know that the visual arts have both a history and specific relationships to various cultures.


  • Possible classroom resources include: Saint Valentine by Robert Sabuda; The Story of St. Valentine: More Than Cards and Candied Hearts by Voice of the Martyrs
  • Students work in small groups to collect and organize data. Merge Data into a whole class set. Challenge students to create a variety of graphs to represent their collection such as a bar graph, pictograph, line graph, etc. Students discuss what information they learn from their data and which type of graph best represents this type of information.
  • Students create a second magnet using a symbol that best represents something they love. Use the magnets to post student work or daily assignments.