Valentine’s Day Activities for MLs

Valentine’s Day Activities for MLs

Valentine's day activities

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.

love holiday reading

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.

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.

Valentine's Day scavenger unt

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 mini book

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 mixed up sentences


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 Writing Prompt Task Cards

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 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 mixed up sentences

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 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 activities

4 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Activities for MLs

  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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