The Valentine's Day Literacy Set is a 60 page set filled with Common Core reading and writing activities that are perfect for 4th and 5th graders. There are 8 double sided worksheets that target important Common Core reading strategies including cause and effect, main idea, inferences using informational text, inferences using literature, reasons and evidence, theme, reading informational text with charts and graphs, and compare and contrast, plus a figurative language worksheet too. It includes 32 author's purpose task cards with high interest Valentine's themes. There are also 2 paragraph writing pages, 3 different poetry pages, and a Valentine craftivity with a figurative language (double sided) worksheet to go with it. This unit is loaded with engaging materials full of fun and learning for the month of February!
Specifically it includes:
Cause and Effect: Hershey's Kisses History (double sided worksheet and key)
Main Idea: Owen (hippo) and Mzee (turtle) Friendship (double sided worksheet and key)
Inferences Using Informational Text: Holiday Card Buying (double sided worksheet and key)
Inferences Using Literature: Roman Myth: Cupid and Psyche (double sided worksheet and key)
Reasons and Evidence: Conversation Hearts Candy (double sided worksheet and key)
Theme: Folktale from India: The Lion's Wedding (double sided worksheet and key)
Reading Informational Text with Charts and Graphs: The Human Heart (double sided worksheet and key)
Compare and Contrast: Valentine Poems for Pets (double sided worksheet and key)
Figurative Language: Piggy Idioms (double sided worksheet and key)
Activities I Love: Paragraph Writing Page
Places I Love: Paragraph Writing Page
Valentine Color Poem Directions and Examples Page
Valentine Color Poem Writing Page
Valentine Number Poem Directions and Examples Page
Valentine Number Poem Writing Page
Valentine Most Important Thing Poem Directions and Examples Page
Valentine Most Important Thing Poem Writing Page
Piggy Heart Craftivity Template, Directions, and example
I am crazy about this unit because it actually is a big Common Core review, dressed up and disguised as a really fun Valentine's Day Literacy unit. I love Valentine's Day and think all of these topics are ones that the kids will really enjoy. When kids are having fun, chances are…they'll learn a lot too!
I just love the worksheets included in this set. I researched each topic and wrote original pieces that are focused on key Common Core concepts but have fun Valentine's Day themes like The History of Hershey's Kisses, Conversation Hearts Candy, Cupid and Psyche (a Roman Myth), Holiday Card Buying, The Human Heart and more. These are topics that I think kids will find engaging.
The "Places I Love", and the "Activities I Love" writing pages are great to use in February for a paragraph writing activity, whether you're focusing on one paragraph or a five paragraph essay. These topics are ones that I have used for many years and always find them successful because all kids can come up with things to write about using them. In other words, you probably won't have too many kids who are "stuck" without anything to write about and that makes it easier to focus on other parts of writing.
Poetry is always fun to incorporate throughout the year. Even kids who don't like to write usually like writing poems. This set has three different types of poems with directions and examples for each. The first one is the number poem and it can be written as either a countdown or a count up from 1 – 10 or 10 – 1. Kids brainstorm phrases to go with each number, like One Valentine card ready to be delivered, Two Hershey Kisses wrapped in silver foil, Three Heart cupcakes on the red plate... Easy and fun! The Most Important Thing Poem is modeled after Margaret Wise Brown's Important Thing book. Kids choose a Valentine related object and tell the most important thing about it, give some other details about it and then end the same way they started. These turn out really well.
The Heart Piggy Craftivity is adorable! It is made entirely of hearts with all patterns included. Of course you can also use it as a springboard and have the kids make their own animals entirely out of hearts (I tell my kids no cutting hearts in half or no using any other shapes). I love to see the creative ideas that can come from simply using the heart shape and making it a fat, skinny or curvy heart to represent a child's favorite animal. I like to use red, pink, white, black and sometimes even purple paper scraps.
I love, love, love this unit and am so excited to share it with you. One of the best things about it is that it is loaded with a variety of materials to use and each one truly targets a Common Core objective in a super interesting way! You can use it as a whole class activity, for small groups, in a literacy center, as an assessment piece, or even as homework.
I hope that you enjoy this literacy set as much as I have!
If you're looking for more Common Core materials, please check these out:
Reasons and Evidence Using Informational Text: Common Core 4th and 5th Grade
Characters, Settings, and Events: Common Core 4th and 5th Grade
Themes in Literature: Common Core for 4th and 5th Grade
Inferences Using Literature: 4th and 5th Grade Common Core
Compare and Contrast and More: Stories, Myths and Traditional Literature: Common Core
Opinion Piece - Persuasive Writing: Common Core
Elements of Poetry, Drama, and Prose: Common Core
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Happy Valentine's Day!
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