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.
Valentine’s Day Around the World & History
Learn interesting facts about the history of Valentin’s Day, including the origins of many of today’s traditions, from UNLV history professor Elizabeth Nelson.
Teach about love holidays from around the world, including Valentine’s Day in the United States, La Diada de Sant Jordi (St Sordi’s Day) in Barcelona, Spain, Dia dos Namorados (Lover’s Day) in Brazil, Tu B’Av a Jewish love holiday, and Dia de Amor y Amistad (Love and Friendship Day) in Colombia.
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.
To help give students ideas about ways to be kind to each other, use helping cards to create sentences.
Go on a scavenger hunt
Have students go on a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt. They can look around the classroom, school, or community for Valentine’s Day symbols. You can also print out picture cards for different symbols or use Valentine themed books for students to search through.
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:
Read a Valentine’s Day mini book with students with simple facts and pictures about the holiday of Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day Bundle for MLs
Get a huge selection of reading, writing, and vocabulary resources to use to help your MLs learn about Valentine’s day, kindness, and language skills in the Valentine’s Day Bundle for MLs.
Valentine’s 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.
Mixed up Sentences
Have students practice reading and grammar skills with mixed up Valentine’s Day sentences. They can read the sentence and match it with pictures to show comprehension. Or they can practice taking mixed up sentences and creating a complete sentence.
Valentine’s Day Speaking & Writing Resources
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 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 Spot the Difference
Students practice critical thinking skills, speaking and/or writing with the set of Valentine’s Day spot the difference picture task cards and worksheets.
Valentine’s 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 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 Bingo
Students can practice Valentine’s Day vocabulary from A-Z with this fun set of bingo cards.