I created these materials for my Spanish classes to take advantage of the Valentine's Day spirit while learning Spanish. The bundle includes the following items:
1. Three "Día de San Valentin" word searches that you can use as warm-ups, bell ringers, brain breaks, or as a rewards for students who finish their work with time remaining in class.
2. A reading comprehension activity that can be used to teach reading skills or for use as a formative reading activity. There are multiple versions of this worksheet for differentiaton.
VERSION A contains four paragraphs in Spanish that describe the different names for Valentine's Day, and different ways in which people in the Americas celebrate this holiday. At the end of the reading there are four questions for students to answer. You can also use the questions for class discussion.
VERSION B is identical to Version A except that the questions are in English for purposes of differentiation. Struggling readers may find the paragraphs more accessible if they read and understand the questions first.
VERSION C is a guided reading version of the activity that lists four important strategies to help students read better for comprehension (skimming, highlighting known words, identifying cognates, etc.)
3. I have also included regional maps of the Caribbean, Central and South America as a cross-curricular facet of the lesson. There are two versions of the maps, as well. The first versions gives students first-letter clues to help them identify the countries. The second version does not have these clues. The answer key is included.
4. There is also a handout that is my variation of the sometimes-overused Venn diagram. Basically, there are two thought bubbles where students will list the characteristics of Valentine's Day in their country and those of Día día de San Valentin in Spanish-speaking countries. This activity can be completed as a class, individually, in small groups for collaboration, or a mixture of all as a way of scaffolding.
5. Original photography taken in Parque del Amor in Lima, Peru and a colorful heart image that can be printed and displayed in your classroom,
6. Lastly, I have compiled a list of English and Spanish resources online that will quickly and efficiently help you find additional information.
This bundle provides everything that you need to celebrate Valentine's Day in your class while staying in the language, promoting reading, literacy, geography, and culture. These materials are cross-curricular and can also be a valuable part of your substitute teacher plans.