Valentine's Day 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.
- 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.