TeachersFirst's Valentine's Day Resources
Share these Valentine's Day resources with your students to take them beyond the cards and chocolate. There are resources for all grade levels and in a variety of subjects: world languages, American history, math, ESL/ELL, Family and Consumer Science, and others. Looking for some FREE interactive gifts for your students to create for families and friends? Check out the TeachersFirst Special Occasions Page.
GradesK to 12
In the ClassroomDiscover the different ready-to-go, free resources on this site to find high-quality images for use when planning your class Valentine's Day party or for use with your class newsletter or website. Have students choose from the different sayings or poems and create their own Valentine's Cards. Challenge students to create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to share the origins and traditions behind Valentine's Day.
GradesK to 4
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In the ClassroomNeed to find quick activities for a special holiday in your class? Find ready-made activities to use during center time, class celebrations, or special reward time on your interactive whiteboard. After school programs can easily use activities for all different interests during holiday times.
GradesK to 3
In the ClassroomAdd this site to your lesson plans to use for Valentine's Day. Introduce simple games on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Bookmark (or save) these games at your classroom computers to used during center time (or indoor recess). Share this link on your class website for families to explore at home.
Grades8 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this blog as a resource for finding new classroom activities such as the custom pi necklace mathematical Valentine. (Use the search bar near the top of the page to find these items if not found on the home page.) Have students complete activities found on the site then extend their knowledge by challenging them to create an online graphic to share using DesignBold, reviewed here. Share the site with your art teacher for collaborations in art and math classes.
Grades1 to 12
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In the ClassroomMotivate reluctant writers. When they complete work, allow them to use the site to generate a copy in whatever way they choose. Share student work on your bulletin board using this site to create interesting layouts to use. This is a must-have at Valentine season. Have students write a series of words they use to describe their mom or dad, then paste them into the heart layout generator. Poof! Instant Valentines, ready to print on colorful paper and send home! Older students will appreciate making creative layouts of vocabulary words and more, including world language classes. Make spelling practice more fun by having students make their own layouts or personal spelling lists.
Grades7 to 12
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In the ClassroomReference the information on this website to use with a lesson on holidays or various history units. Assign speculated theories listed within the text to students and have them work in small groups to expand upon the information. Have them present their information to the class in a jigsaw format. Students could use the Valentine's Day information to compare and contrast with other holidays having similar historical connections such as Easter and May Day. Have cooperative learning groups compare the two holidays using a site such as, Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).
Grades3 to 8
In the ClassroomThis site can be used in several different ways. Use it on an interactive whiteboard or projector as a center during social studies time. Have students solve the puzzle and then write about what they've revealed. Put it on classroom computers and have students use it for a morning warm up. This site will work for all ability levels because you are able to change the number and style of the pieces in the puzzle window.
Grades4 to 12
In the ClassroomUse this site to reinforce and support vocabulary as you study Valentine's Day. Share the word puzzles on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students create their own word activities from the same vocabulary list, such as matching or ranking challenges for their peers to try on the interactive whiteboard.
GradesK to 8
In the ClassroomAs you study other cultures, be sure to include this resource for students to research the celebrations there. Or include the link on your teacher web page with the title "Every Day is a Holiday?" asking students to use the holiday calendar to become more be aware of different cultures. Instead of reporting on a current event from the newspaper, give them the option of reporting on a holiday that occurred this week in another part of the world.
Grades3 to 12
In the ClassroomStudents may be paired or work individually to explore the activities found at this site. Make sure your computers are fairly fast or the games may be too slow to use.
To spice up a writing lesson or add interest to a writing center, have students send colonial postcards, via email (or blog), to classmates. Content of messages may require extra supervision. A safer way to send messages to fellow classmates would be to use the Colonial Card Creator where the students must print out the card, then handwrite their message in the cards. A printer needs to be accessible for the card creator. Older students can explore the interactive draft of the Constitution on an interactive whiteboard or projector.
Be sure to include this one on your teacher web page for students to continue to access from home.
GradesK to 5
In the ClassroomSave this site in your favorites, to visit every February for some Valentine's Day ideas.
GradesK to 5
In the ClassroomHave your students make and decorate these printable coupon books to give as Valentines to their parents and family members. Make up some coupons of your own, too!
GradesK to 3
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