You and your students will enjoy these Common Core aligned Valentine's Day reading and writing activities/centers! These were created for busy teachers - all you need to do is print and copy!
Writing (Letter, Response to Literature, Poetry, Descriptive, How-To, Book Review)
Alphabetical Order (1st and 2nd letter)
Long Vowels a-e, i-e, ee/ea, o-e, oa
Characters, Setting, Problem, Solution
Retelling- Beginning, Middle, End
• Story Map: Characters, Setting, Problem, Solution – Use with any book!
• Noun, Verb, Adjective Sort – Cut, sort, and paste the words
• Writing Activity: Use as a response to The Biggest Valentine Ever, by Steven Kroll. Blank heart paper included to copy on the back. Students write a response to the book or their own story about the biggest valentine ever.
• Long Vowel Word Families Literacy Center: Long a, i, e, and, o: Students build long vowel words (with magnets, letter tiles, or mentally) with various word families and record them on these sheets.
• Retelling Sheet – Beginning, Middle, End (Use with any book!)
• Syllable Sorting Literacy Center – Read the valentine words, clap the syllables, write the words in the correct column according to number of syllables
• Valentine Letter Paper (2) – Use to write valentine letters!
• How to Make a Valentine Writing Activity – Write and draw the steps using first, next, then, last
• Alphabetical Order Literacy Center (2 pages, first and second letter)
• Valentine Acrostic Poem – Write words or sentences for each letter of “valentine”
• “My Valentine” Writing Project: Students choose one person as their valentine (friend, family member). They write adjectives that describe their valentine, draw their picture, and use the accompanying paper to write sentences or a paragraph about their valentine. You can assemble the cover page, adjective paper, and writing paper into a nice little book!
• Making Words Literacy Center – Students cut out the letters in “valentine” and make as many words as they can using these letters. They write the words on the lines.
• “A Book That I Love” Book Review – This works well at a reading or listening center. Students read or listen to books and review the book on this sheet. They write the title, why they like the book, and draw a picture.
• Friendly Adjectives – Students write adjectives that describe a close friend.
• “My Friend, _______” Writing Activity – Use as extension to above activity. Students write about a special friend using descriptive words.
• Valentine Writing: Decorate & Describe – Students decorate the valentine and write about it. Heart paper for the back is included.
• Valentine Sentence Fix-Up – Students read the sentences, find the mistakes, and write the sentences correctly. Capitalization, punctuation, sight words, using commas to separate words in a list are skills covered in this activity.
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