Valentine’s Day activities are such a great way to make students feel loved and appreciated by their teachers and classmates! It is also a fitting time to have students reflect on all of the people and things they love in their own lives. I love using holiday activities to build classroom community while giving students an opportunity to let their creativity shine.
This year, more than ever, it is important to have resources ready in both digital and printable formats. The 5 activities described below are from the Valentine’s Day pack in my TpT shop!
1. VALENTINE’S DAY GLYPHS:
I constantly hear from teachers about how much their students love glyphs! Digital or printable glyphs are great way to learn a little bit about your students while having them create an adorable craft to hang on a classroom bulletin board or take him to showcase on the fridge.
The Valentine’s Day Activities pack comes with 2 glyphs – a Love Bug Glyph (digital and printable), and a Box of Chocolates Glyph (printable only).
If you want to have students share their glyphs virtually, you can have students turn their cameras on that answered a question a specific way. This is a fun, visual way for students to see how their classmates responded!
They also lend themselves perfectly to creating individual bar graphs (or one large classroom bar graph) and analyzing authentic classroom data.
2. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ______ CRAFT:
I love this simple craft for building community. Rather than the typical Valentine’s Day cards, these mini hearts are little notes telling their classmates “What We Love About_____”! They are a great, super low prep way to make your students feel loved and special.
A digital version is also included where students fill in a chart with things they love about each classmate. Teachers could use these to share some things that were said about each student orally. They could also copy and paste each student’s page to create a shareable file for everyone to be able to see what was said about them.
3. WRITING GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS:
Valentine’s Day graphic organizers are great to use on their own or for prewriting for a piece of writing. They come in both digital and printable formats as well.
Some of the topics include Valentine’s Day Favorites, What I Love About My Family, What I Love About…(family, friends, home, school), and Ways to Show Love.
4. HEART MAP WRITING:
“What Makes up the Pieces of My Heart” has students really think about ALL of the things that they love and are grateful for in their life. Students love this activity! It is a great way for students to express themselves, while teaching their classmates and teacher about everything they love.
5. VALENTINE’S DAY BINGO (FREE PRINTABLE):
This (free!) activity is a great way to get your kids up and moving around. Students find classmates that fit the criteria for each square on their Bingo boards.
All of the resources above can be found in the resources in our Valentine’s Day Activities Pack!
Thinking ahead for Spring? Check out this Spring Activities Blog post!