*This is the full 40 page version appropriate for 4th grade gifted and talented through American History honors. There is an alternative version available at a lower price for upper elementary only.
If you're looking for a meaningful Valentine's Day activity for your classroom, then you've found it here.
From a fairly straight-forward identification of a vintage valentine to solving a history mystery with primary and secondary sources, these five activities will challenge several grade levels and abilities.
Students dive into historical thinking with primary sources as they examine a vintage valentine postcard from 1918, complete a comparison activity, and then refer to more primary source photos as they gather details for a short, constructed response. Is that a boy or a girl on the postcard anyway? And just how are valentines from 100 years ago different from valentines today? Was the valentine sent from a male to a female? What does the postmark and address reveal? From what era of postcards does our source come? How can we discover what the recipient may have been doing at a hospital in Colorado in 1918?
This packet of activities includes several primary sources, secondary sources, activity sheets and student critical thinking guides, forms for written responses, extension ideas, sample answers and responses, and even a mock exchange on a social media website. Primary sources include vintage postcards, photos from the Library of Congress, vintage posters, poetry, and excerpts from the U.S. census.
Depending on the complexity level chosen by the teacher, the activities are appropriate for upper elementary through high school—all in one package!
These activities help foster the all-important visual-language connection for today's 21st Century Learners.