Valentine's Day Lesson Plans
Learning Activities for Children
Holidays are always a great time to enhance educational learning activities. Adding fun topics into school subjects makes them exciting, creative, and fresh! Lessons will be remembered far longer and more thoroughly when the students have enjoyed the learning process. All curriculum objectives may have a holiday spin to them with a little imagination. I would love to share a collection of ideas I have found to make the Valentine's season extra fun for students and teachers! Please share your ideas and resources below, also.
Do you enjoy Valentine's Day?
What type of Valentine's Day cards do you like to give to your loved ones?
Do you know much about Saint Valentine?
God's love is the GREATEST love! Do you know Him?
Do you like to read special love stories near Valentine's Day? Have a favorite? Name below.
Speak the language of love ...
Language Arts Activities
Write some Candy Heart Stories using a candy heart saying as a starting block!
(middle school and up):
~ a 27 page downloadable document containing:
~ Definitions of "Heart" Phrases;
~ Nouns of Love Crossword Puzzle;
~ Alphabetical List of Valentine related words for spelling, vocabulary, or writing;
~ Valentine's Day Cloze Activity;
~ Valentine's Riddles; Words of Love Word Search;
~ Valentine's Day Cartoons;
~ True or False Vocabulary Sentences & Definitions.
Valentine's Day Literature Unit Studies at Homeschool Share for elementary grades:
~ Chocolate Multi-book Theme Unit
~ Cranberry Valentine
~ Frog Went A-Courtin'
~ Mama, Do You Love Me?
~ Valentine Bears
~ The Valentine Cat
Enchanted Learning has several activities labeled for 3rd / 4th grade:
~ Mini Books to print out for reading, creative writing, and penmanship practice.
~ Draw & Write pages for creative writing.
~ Spelling Valentine Related Word Activities
~ Vocabulary Activities
~ Alphabetical Order & Alphabet Code
~ Valentine's Words in Foreign Languages
~ Poetry Forms and Suggestions
~ Valentine's Sentence Writing
~ Valentine's Day Grammar
~ Valentine's Day Synonyms
~ Verbal Analogies
~ Venn Graph Worksheets
Saint Valentine's Day Language Activities such as cute worksheets and flash cards may be custom created and printed for free at MES English!!
~ Matching Worksheets
~ Writing & Tracing
~ Reading Worksheets
~ Read & Write
~ Wordbank Worksheet
~ Spelling Worksheet Maker
~ Crossword Puzzles
~ Word Searches
~ Vocabulary Handout
~ Board Games ~ Dominoes ~ Dice Generator ~ Bingo Card
~ Maze Maker ~ Criss Cross Bingo ~ Bounce Around Game
~ Reading and Achievement Certificates
February Daily Journal Writing Prompts: Encourage young writers with topical vocabulary and fun holiday related writing prompts for the month of February!
ABC Teach's Valentine's Section has worksheets for poetry, creative writing prompts, book making, word & vocabulary practice, crafts, reading, and reading comprehension along with a few for math, also.
~ Alphabet Letter Patterns
~ 7 page Mini Unit for Froggy's First Kiss by Jonathan London
~ Valentine's Bookmarks
~ Bulletin Board Trim
~ Valentine's & Greeting C ards
~ Color & Write (for stories, letters, vocabulary, etc.)
~ Assorted Coloring Pages
~ Fiction & Non-Fiction Reading passages / reading comprehension questions (several elementary & middle levels)
~ Valentine's Crafts
~ Flashcard Templates
~ Valentine Notebooks & Writing Paper
~ *Valentine Learning Center Materials (10 page)
~ Poetry Creation Forms
~ Shape Books
~ Word Games: Unscramble the Words, Word Search, Missing Letters
Valentine's Activities from Activity Village
~ Valentine's Puzzles: Boggler Puzzle; Path Puzzles; How Many Hearts?; Word Puzzles; Word Searches; Cryptograms; Sudoku; Mazes
~ Notebook Pages (reports, stories, or notes, mini and shape booklets)
~ Word Puzzles
~ Poetry Forms
~ Alphabet Strips
~ Stationary, Booklets, & Cards
~ Scrapbook Pages
~ Paper Dolls
~ Valentine's Bookmarks
Free Printable Activities & Worksheets by Bry-Back Manor
(Activity Pages 76 - 80, 129)
~ Find The V Words
~ Candy Heart Match
~ Valentine Word Find
~ A Valentine Card
~ Make A Valentine
~ Mail a Letter
Free Hearts File Folder Games at File Folder Fun for Preschool - 3rd
~ Patterns of Love Pattern Matching Game
~ Alphabet Hearts File Folder Game
~ The Color of Love File Folder Game
~ Achy-Break Hearts (color & shape matching)
~ Heart Contractions File Folder Game
What is the best way to tell someone you love them?
"How do I love Thee? Let me count ..."
"How do I love Thee? Let me count the ways ... I love Thee to the depth and breadth of height my soul can reach."
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Make a counting / adding / subtracting / multiplication / division book with heart stickers or drawings: Divide and cut out plain sheets of paper into fourths. Give each students the desired number of pages and staple together. Students can create a mini book of whatever math concepts you are working on.
Try some fun math ideas with candy hearts or other Valentine's candies!
~ Estimating: place a handful of candies in plastic bags or give each student a small box to estimate the total amount of candies, or have them guess how many they will find of each color. Answers may be graphed (see below).
~ Counting & Grouping: Examples: How many pink candies do you have? Put all the candies into groups of 4.
~ Comparing: Greater than and less than in colors, boxes, sizes, or "sayings".
~ Skip Counting: Examples: Place candies in groups of 3 and then count by 3's.
~ Addition & Subtraction: Ex - If Katie has 5 green candies and Matt has 6 yellow candies, how many do they have all together?
~ Multiplication & Division: Ex - Divide 20 candies into 4 group, now into 2 groups; how many in each group? Make 3 groups of 7 candies, how many do you have total?
~ Writing Mathematical Equations: Write down any equations they come up with.
~ Word Problems: Create a class word problem book with each student with each student writing their problem on a sheet of paper or drawing it if young children.
~ Graphing: Create a candy heart graph for activities.
~ Averaging: Ex - What was the average amount of candies per box? Per color? - Use several students findings.
The Heart of Mathematical Thinking contains a lesson plan about candy heart weight measurement, a worksheet, and student data chart.
Kidzone's Valentine's Day Themed Math Pages for grades 1-5 contain simple addition through decimals type worksheets along with word problems for solving.
Many Valentine's Day Math Activities & Games involving mathematical processes, fractions, symmetry, problem solving, and other math concepts.
~ Grab the Candy - game to practice graphing coordinates.
~ Valentine Battleship - find heart candies on the other player's grid.
~ Colored Hearts: Can You Finish the Pattern? - create, identify, and continue patterns.
~ Pascal's Hearts - complete and extend the patterns in the triangle.
~ Heart Paths - combine letters and logic to follow the correct paths.
~ How Many Valentines? - problem solving skills.
File Folder Fun has games for young children about patterns, colors, and shapes.
Free Printable Activities & Worksheets by Bry Back Manor
(Activity Pages 130, 183 - 184)
~ Valentine Counting
~ Valentine Patterns
~ Valentine Dominoes
~ Heart Calendar Pieces: great for number games!
~ Hearts 100 Chart
~ Valentine's Dominoes (great for addition / subtraction fact practice)
~ Several Valentine Themed Multiplication Worksheets
~ Sorting Hearts Activity (colors & sizes)
~ (The above are free, but they have tons more with membership.)
Valentine's Activities from Activity Village
~ Hundred Hearts Board
~ Number & Alphabet Strips
~ Heart Number Match File Folder Game
~ Heart Dominoes; Tic, Tac, Toe, Concentration, & Sorting Games
My heart beats for you ...
Science for Valentine's Day
Have a Heart! ~ Celebrate Valentine's Day Across the Curriculum, Straight from the Heart, and The Heart has some fantastic ideas for learning about the heart and circulatory system for grades K-12.
~ Circulatory System Travel Brochures
~ Build an Oxygen Plant
~ Heart Art Mobiles
~ A Knife to the Heart ~ Cardiac Medicine
~ Run the Circulatory System Relay
~ The Heartbreaking Puzzle
~ Blood Circulation Through the Heart: Kinesthetic Activity
~ In a Heartbeat: Pulse Demonstration
~ Learning About the Cardiovascular System
~ Heart Beat: Pulse at Different Activities
~ Jump Rope for Heart ~ American Heart Association
~ Online Heart Exploration ~ Franklin Institute
~ Health "Hearty" Recipes
~ Calculate Target Heart Rate
~ Sounds of the Heart: EKG's
~ Heart Disease
~ Electric Heart
~ How Your Heart Works
~ Vitual Body
~ Healthy Refrigerator
~ Physical Activity for the Heart
The Healthy Heart Unit Studies from Teacher Planet include separate lesson plans for kindergarten through eighth grade. Each grade's PDF download includes 17 - 24 pages of lesson plans, student worksheets, activities, games, glossary, comprehension questions, and more.
The Human Heart from the Franklin Science Institute: Learn a magnitude of information about the heart with this interactive website!
February Book Bag from Teacher Book Bag: This ebook has a grand collection of Valentine's and American Heart Month activities including cards, history, activities for math, science, language arts, literature, links, and creative writing for elementary and middle school grades. Materials for Groundhog's Day are contained in the book, also. ~ $2.50 at CurrClick!
O, my Love's like a red, red rose ...
Science ~ Botany Ideas
"Oh, my Love's like a red, red rose that's newly sprung in June."
~ Robert Burns
Why are the hearts we decorate with not the same shape as real human hearts?
O, my Love's like the melody ...
"O, my Love's like the melody, that's sweetly played in tune."
~ Robert Burns
Valentine's Day Songs & Poems at Songs 4 Teachers contains info on the holiday, activities, and songs for grades K - 3.
Cupid's arrow in the game of love ...
Learning Games & Fun Activities
Kinder Printables has some adorable free downloadables for kids to use! ~ Preschool - Early Elementary: Valentine's Checkerboard & Checkers ~ Heart Dice File Folder Game ~ Sweet Hog Card Number Game ~ Hogs & Kisses Tic Tac Toe ~ Quilting Square ~ Valentine's Day Take Home Pack ~ Bear Heart Calendar Numbers, Days of the Week, and Months of the Year ~ Hogs & Kisses Counting Cards by 2's and 5's ~ Bear Heart Letter & Number Tracers
Activity Village has many fun things for kids to do that involve learning! ~ crafts, coloring, cards, recipes, mazes, puzzles, word searches, crosswords, stationary, bookmarks, origami, cryptograms, suduko puzzles, games, worksheets, links, and jokes.
Do playing cool educational games enhance learning?
My love encompasses all ...
Try these Activities, Crafts and Cards for Valentine's Day from Enchanted Learning!
Valentine's Day Learning Activities from Homeschool Helper.
~ Worksheets, Coloring Pages, & Crafts
February Ideas & Patterns by ABC Schoolhouse contains math and science activities along with other fun activities - 15 page download.
DLTK's Valentine's Day Activities have numerous ideas, crafts, coloring sheets, worksheets, games, cards, puzzles, poems, printables, recipes, and links!
~ Valentine's Link ~ Coloring ~ Crafts ~ Activities ~ Games ~ Books
Valentine's Day Makes Learning Fun! has book lists, poems and stories, homemade Valentines and boxes, crafts and gifts, and Valentines themed foods!
~ Poems ~ Cards ~ Crafts ~ Math
"My Fuzzy Wuzzy Valentine" at Virtual Vine has a complete Valentine's Day Unit chocked full of ideas in every area of learning plus a long list of links to find out more!
~ Books ~ Interactive Bulletin Board Ideas ~ Poetry & Songs ~ Mailboxes ~ Crafts ~ Math
Apples for the Teacher has some teaching suggestions for Valentine's Lesson.
Enjoy Valentine's Day has links to several ideas for all subjects for Valentine's Day.
Valentine's Day 2011 from Kaboose
~ Crafts ~ Cards ~ Coloring Pages ~ Recipes ~ Party Ideas ~ Games ~ Learning ~ Entertainment
I wanna hold your hand ...
Linking to more Valentine's Day Unit Studies
Valentine's Day Unit Study from A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling
Valentine's Day Activities from Easy Fun School
Valentine's Day from the History Channel
~ Valentine's Day History
~ Valentine's Day Facts
~ Valentine's Day Quotations
Valentine's Day Lessons from The Teacher's Guide
~ Lesson Plans & Ideas
~ Interactive Whiteboard Sources
~ Valentine's Day Printouts for Math, Language, and others
~ Crafts & Recipes
The History of Valentine's Day from The Holiday Spot
~ Romantic Crafts
~ Free Letterheads
~ Recipes for Love
~ History of Valentine's Day
~ Collection of Love Poems
~ Classic Love Stories
~ Symbols of Love
~ Jokes and humor
~ Valentine's Day Decorations
~ Puzzle Activities
~ Valentine's Day Flowers
~ Quotes and Sayings
~ Celebration Around The World
~ Family Celebration
~ Party Ideas
~ Say I love you in many languages
~ Game Ideas
~ Valentine's Day Activity Ideas