This is a Valentine’s Day Packet for Catholic/Christian educators. It is 48 pages in length and gives you lots of options to use with your students. Whether you teach 3nd or 8th grade, you will be able to tailor the activities to fit the needs of your students. I teach 6th, 7th, and 8th...so I was able to use this packet having all three of my class do different Valentine’s Day themed activities. There are so many varied activities in this packet that you could do more than one! The activities focus on reading, writing, speaking, and creativity. Here is what is included in the packet:
-Readers’ Theater (Daniel in the Lion’s Den) Now this was specifically written up with a Valentine’s Day twist...meaning that Love is a very strong theme. It’s informative yet humorous as well. My students love readers’ theaters! The script itself contains parts for 29 students. If you have more, you can have those students read the ALL parts. If you have fewer students, they can read more than one part.
-Haiku assignments are so easy to plug in any time! So I have included one for you with a Valentine’s theme. The students will have a printable where they are practicing writing, and learning about the haiku. The practice haiku topics are faith-based. The ultimate assignment would be to write a haiku about Love...from the faith perspective. Now, I had my 8th graders use scripture to do this. They researched a scripture I gave them about “love” using their Bibles. (I gave you the scripture reference.) They titled their haiku the actual location of the Scripture. Example John 3:16. Then their haiku was based on that scripture.
-Love Letter to God: I love this one! I have given you a love letter to each student from God. After reading this, they write their own letter to God. I showed you a picture as to how to set this up on your bulletin board. It’s really a great activity!
-After reading the readers’ theater, perhaps, if you have younger ones...you’d like to do a Valentine’s Day Lion craft. I gave you a picture of this, and the direction link.
-Conversation Heart Bulletin Board: Here your students will write scripture verses about love on the hearts. I have the picture of the board for you to use. I have 24 verses about love that the students can look up and write on their hearts.
-Sign Language: God Loves You This Much! This activity is fun! The kids will make the sign language hands (direction link included). On the hands, you can have them write their haiku, or a scripture verse about love.
-All About Valentine’s Day Readers’ Theater- This is a very informative and humorous script about Valentine’s Day...the history, the legends, some traditions. It has enough parts for 21 students.
-Valentine’s Day Funnies: This is a silly activity where the students are given Valentine’s Day jokes and must match the joke to its punchline. I do this as a race with my students...to see who can finish first, getting them all correct.
(Of course, the answer key is included.)
Valentine’s Day Flapbook: This project gives your students the scripture verse about love. They will choose 3 that speak to their heart to do the project. It comes with a sample, the instruction page, and a rubric.
Funny Flapbook: This goes along with the Valentine’s Day Joke Matching Activity: The students will create a Valentine’s Day themed joke flapbook. You’ll get a sample, instructions, and rubric. This makes a humorous bulletin board!
Writing Assignment: Lovely Letters- Famous Pairs
Here your students will take two objects typically paired together (Salt and Pepper, for example) They will write a love letter from one object to another. My class has a great time with this! You can do it as a writing assignment alone and display it. I have my kids pair up and do this. I have them do the writing assignments, but then do a dramatic reading from one item to the other. It usually has us in stitches! You’ll receive a list of 47 pairs, instructions, and a grading rubric.
I left this as a Word Document so that you can make changes as you see fit, especially when it comes to grading rubrics.
Enjoy! God Bless!