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
In the ClassroomBookmark and save this site for quick and easy ideas for incorporating Valentine's Day activities into your classroom. Share with your homeroom parents for use with class parties.
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 and challenge students 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 12
Voicethread also offers a free iOS app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It is free through the iTunes app store. Projects work seamlessly on both computer and mobile iOS devices, so projects started on one machine can be edited and/or viewed on another. The ed.Voicethread account works in both places.
In the ClassroomYou will be logged into your account immediately after you fill in the registration form. You must "apply" to designate your account as an educator account once it is set up. Click on "browse" to see many examples, including tutorials. Watch the "One Minute Voicethread" to get a very quick overview of how easy it is to create a digital story. Set up student identities. Use first names only. You need to know how to locate and upload saved pictures or PowerPoint files. If you want to use audio, the COOL tool, you WILL need a microphone, either plugged into your computer or built in. Once you create a Voicethread, it can be shared by clicking "share" from the menu or at the end of viewing it and copying the URL to send via email or other means, inviting others to comment back. Ed voicethreads have comment moderation turned on by default and are private by default. As the teacher, you can change these settings.
Invite parents to share in the results (The VoiceThread classroom page tells you more about this). TeachersFirst does not recommend using actual, identifiable pictures of children. Let them draw a picture or take a digital picture of an object that somehow represents them (middle schoolers will love that idea!). If you allow others to "comment" on student Voicethreads, the experience can be both wonderful and a bit intimidating. Use this opportunity to promote ethical and kind interaction with other students and their projects.
Of course, you should be sure that you have the RIGHTS to any images you upload. Fair Use does not apply when you put an image on the web! Elementary classes can create or take pictures, then ask each child to talk about the images. Each child can comment on the SAME pictures, creating a collaborative collection of responses. After a field trip or special class event, you can assign groups of students to explain each of the digital pictures you took and how they relate to curriculum topics. In art class, students can critique works of their own or of fellow students. In language arts classes, students can scan and comment on writing pieces as part of a reflective phase of the writing process. Or post an image as a prewriting activity and allow students to respond orally in an idea-generating phase. In social studies, have students provide a picture of a grandparent then narrate what they learned about that grandparent from interviewing him/her. Have students create narrated pictures as gifts (for parents or other care givers) for special occasions, winter holidays, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc.. During a science experiment or demo, have a student take pictures of the steps. Then ask students to "narrate" them by commenting on what is happening. The narration assignment could even be a center activity or an assignment on a few classroom computers for students to rotate through. What a great way to review and apply key vocabulary! Be sure they identify their voices if you are using a single class account and want to be able to assess understanding. Other ideas: narrated local history projects (pictures of local sites), audio "museum tours" of artifacts (photos) or war veterans telling their stories along with images of their uniforms or old photos. Speech/language, ESL/ELL or early childhood teachers could use this tool to promote vocabulary development and oral expression.
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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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