Valentine’s Day Activities for ELLs

Valentine’s Day Activities for ELLs

Are you looking for some fun Valentine’s Day Activities to use with your students? This holiday is a fun way to teach about kindness and taking care of others. You can also teach language activities with a Valentine’s Day theme. Here are some ideas for integrating Valentine’s Day themes into lessons for English Language Learners.

Teach about Tolerance

Did you know that part of the history of Valentine’s Day has origins of fighting injustice? Learn more about the Valentine’s Day legacy of love and resistance on Teaching Tolerance. 

Kindness cards

Have students write about their classmates. They can write one nice fact about each classmate. Set out a paper on each student’s desk with their name on it. Then students rotate around writing a nice message on each one. This setup gives ELLs a variety of examples as they view each card.

Read Books about Kindness and Valentine’s Day

Some ELLs may not be familiar with Valentine’s Day. You can read a nonfiction book to give them basic facts about the holiday. This holiday is a great time to integrate character education around being kind and helping others. Here are some books to read with your students about Valentine’s Day:

valentine books for ELLs


Valentines Day Reading Resources

Teach about Love Holidays from Around the World

Help students compare and contrast Valentine’s Day with other holidays that celebrate love from around the world. They can read information sheets about the different holidays. There are also picture vocabulary cards, and graphic organizers to write about the different holidays.

love holiday reading

Valentines Day Vocabulary Resources

Parts of Speech Color by Code

These Valentine’s Day Parts of Speech coloring sheets help students practice identifying Valentine’s Day themed parts of speech. Each page has a Valentine’s Day themed picture. Also included are pictures for each part of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, conjunctions). The vocabulary words are also great for writing or speaking activities.


Valentine's Day Vocabulary











Valentine’s Day Parts of Speech Word Searches

These Valentine’s Day Parts of Speech Word Searches each have vocabulary words for two parts of speech on each page. The words are the same words used in my Color by Code and Illustrated Vocabulary sheets.
Valentine's Day Word Searches

Valentine’s Day Bingo

Students can practice Valentine’s Day vocabulary from A-Z with this fun set of bingo cards.

valentines day bingo

Valentines Day Speaking and Writing Resources

Valentine’s Day Opinion Would You Rather Task Cards

These Valentine’s Day Would You Rather Opinion Task Cards each have two Valentine’s Day themed activities for students to choose from. You can also use the task cards as writing prompts or for a speaking activity. They come with and without pictures.

Valentine's Day Opinion Task Cards


Valentine’s Day Picture Prompt Writing Task Cards

These are differentiated Valentine’s Day themed task cards. Each card has a Valentine’s Day themed photograph and writing prompt. Also included are vocabulary words and sentence frames to help students with their writing.
Valentine's Day Writing Prompt Task Cards

valentines day activities

4 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Activities for ELLs

  1. Such cute ideas here! It’s so fun getting to know our second language learners! I teach juniors and my ESL kiddos are doing “future” research right now and I LOVE watching them learn more about what they will pursue when they leave high school.

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