I have mixed feelings about celebrating Valentine’s day in the classroom (mostly because it’s all chocolate and sugar) but I do like the concept of friendship and love for one another. Since all holidays in the classroom are filled with a bit of chaos, I’m sending a no stress Valentine’s Day language arts lesson plan your way!
No Stress Valentine’s Day Language Arts Lesson Plan
I’m sure other primary teachers can agree that it’s always nice to find a book where our students can relate to the characters. I love when a character has a problem that my kids might have. Then, I can talk about how the character solved their problem and can refer back to them if I ever find my students in the same problem.
I love the book The Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Kroll because my students can relate to the characters’ problem. For those who haven’t read, this book is about two students (mice) who want to make a valentine for their teacher (Mrs. Mousely). As they’re making their valentine, the two start fighting because they don’t like the way the other is contributing. So, they go home and try to make their own valentine but find that something is missing because they can’t make part of the valentine like their friend could. The next day, they come back together and decide to try again. They end up making the biggest, most beautiful valentine for their teacher and her and the class love it!
This book is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s day and refresh your student’s on what it means to be a good friend and working together.
Activities to go with The Biggest Valentine Ever
The Biggest Valentine Ever Book Companion
This book companion comes with 6 language arts activities and a craftivity (pictured above). With this resource your students will sequence the story, identify the problem and solution, compare and contrast the main characters and write using 3 different prompts.
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Challenge your students to work together to create one valentine
Pair your students up (or let them choose their own partner) and tell them they must create one valentine together like Desmond and Clayton.
Reenact the story
Break your students into groups. Have each group sequence the story and then turn it into a play to reenact for their classmates!
Make a valentine out of something other than paper
Students search the classroom to create a valentine out of something other than paper such as play-doh, legos, on a whiteboard etc. You could even take your class outside and so they can make a valentine out of leaves or sticks!
What are some of your favorite Valentine’s Day activities?