Updated: Feb 8, 2020
In many years gone by, I have never celebrated Valentine’s Day (in or out of the classroom if I am honest). However, a few years ago, I organised a comprehension activity with my Grade four class all about St Valentine and they were so engaged! I realised it was relevant to what they were hearing and seeing in the world and that was what contributed to it being such a success.
I always like to acknowledge special events in the classroom, but due to time restrictions, I am cautious to try and keep activities as academically focused as I can. (I am sure many of you can relate!) Keeping this in mind, I have put together 4 fun and academically focused ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the classroom (including a FREEBIE):
1. Valentine Number of the Day
Number of the Day is an awesome Math lesson because it works on various number skills that help students with all areas of Mathematics. I pull these out during various times of the school year as an assessment, rotation task or last-minute math lesson. This year, I created themed templates that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Because the hearts open up, you could also play a ‘who am I’ number game with them once the students have completed the lesson.
2. Valentine Kindness Activity
Valentine’s Day is another opportunity to weave the concept of kindness into your lessons and classroom. This activity is based around spreading kindness through the art of giving compliments. They also make a beautiful display that can stay up all year round.
3. Valentine Writing
Why not make letter writing the focus of your writing lesson in the lead up to Valentine’s Day. Ask students to choose a person they love to write to. They can plan their letter and write it on one of our Valentine’s Day cards. Not only does it give them a purpose for their writing but it could also be a cute gift for parents on Valentine’s Day! Click on the image to get your free copy of our Valentine’s Day cards.
4. I love that... (Heart Display)
Teach your students the benefits of finding the positives in themselves. This simple and beautiful heart display allows students to record the things they love about themselves. The perfect social and emotional lesson during the month of February when celebrating Valentine's Day.
If you use any of these activities in your classroom, we would love to see them! Please share with our community on social media by using the hashtag #rainbowskycreations
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