This is a fun one-day project I love to do around Valentine’s Day. In addition to supporting the Common Core writing standards listed below, I find this project is extremely helpful in continuing a positive classroom culture, and creating a happy classroom bulletin board or wall decoration.
For this project, students will respond to a survey about why they love learning. After writing their responses, students will choose one of their answers to write on a paper heart. They will then decorate the paper heart and cut it out. You will have a classroom full of colorful hearts to spread the joy of learning! Depending on the age group you teach, you may want to require a minimum number of sentences. For example, if integrated into a paragraph-writing lesson, you may want to require one paragraph per heart.
When I teach this lesson, I go through the survey question by question with my students, giving them two minutes to respond to each. Before responding to the question, I let them talk for 30 seconds to their partner about potential responses. After the survey is finished, I let two students per question share out their response. Then, when the entire class is finished creating their hearts, I have all students present their heart to the class. Here is the breakdown of the time we spend on this project. (Times will differ by age group, and you may need to adjust expectations for older/younger grades.)
Student Survey: 20 minutes
Heart Creation: 25 minutes
Presentation of Hearts: 25 Minutes
I have also included two sets of directions for making hearts. For younger students, I use a pre-made heart pattern and make copies of it for them. For older students, I copy the paper with a dotted line and have them draw their own heart shape.
I hope you have fun creating these hearts with your students, and sharing the love of learning!
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.1a Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.1b Provide reasons that support the opinion.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1a Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer’s purpose.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1b Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.1a Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer’s purpose.
***You will need to make copies for this project. I use either white paper and allow students to decorate their hearts with crayons, colored pencils, markers, paint, glitter, etc. OR for a quick version with less decorating time available, I use colored paper and just have students add their writing.