- 45 minutes
Roses are red, violets are blue, I love Valentine's Day, and you should too! In this lesson, students will take part in various Valentine's Day activities, incorporating simple writing exercises and math into the holiday fun.
Students will be able to copy a sentence about Valentine's Day.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- To begin the lesson, draw a large heart on the whiteboard. Ask some students guiding questions that will activate their knowledge about Valentine's Day. Great examples include: What is this shape? What do hearts mean, or show? What holiday is associated with hearts?
- Explain to students that today they will be learning about Valentine's Day.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Read the story Guess How Much I Love You aloud to the class.
- Once the story is over, ask your students some questions that they can use to connect the story to their own lives. Great examples include: Who is someone that you love? Why do you love them?
- Tell students that today they will be making a craft project to give to a person that they love.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Give each student a glue stick, a piece of Write and Draw paper, and a heart-shaped newspaper cutout.
- Instruct your students to glue the heart onto the "draw" section of their paper.
- If using, give your students some stickers they can use to fill in the rest of the "draw" section on their paper.
- As they work, pass out the paintbrushes, cups of water, and the smocks (if you're using them). Students will be able to use the water to wet their paintbrushes and paint.
- Encourage your students to paint their newspaper heart, using the watercolors.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Write the words "I love you" on the whiteboard, for your students to reference. If your class is less-advanced, you may consider using all capital letters, as they're easier for children to write.
- Tell your class that they will be copying these words on the dotted lines provided on their paper.
- As your class works, walk around the room to assist with any students who are having trouble.
- Enrichment: Challenge your advanced students to complete the Valentine's Day Simple Addition worksheet. Once they're done, they can color in the items on the worksheet.
- Support: Assist students who need support by providing a dotted outline of the words "I love you" on their Write and Draw paper. This way, they can practice their handwriting by tracing each letter.
Related Books and/or Media
- Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
- Love, Splat by Rob Scotten
- You're Lovable to Me by Kat Yeh
- Assessment should be based on the final product of each student's craft.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Ask your students to identify whom they will be giving their project to.
- Remind your class to tell their special people how much they love them.