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What Do You Love? Graphing With Art

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

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    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.
  • Standards

    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.

  • Adaptations

    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.


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