Are you looking for fun classroom Valentine’s day activities for elementary students? In this blog post, I’ll be sharing fun math, reading, writing, and science activities that are sure to bring the fun of Valentine’s day into your lessons!
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Valentine’s Day Math Activities
- Make Your Own Worksheets: Allow students to create their own Valentine’s Day-themed worksheet with multiplication and division problems. Challenge students to create fun practice pages that have problems in the shape of hearts, hearts, and arrows, etc… Keep it educational and require students to make an answer key!
- Sweetheart Estimation: Fill a jar with heart-shaped candies and have students estimate the number of candies in the jar. Then, count the actual number together and compare it with their estimates. Discuss strategies for making accurate estimations.
- Valentine’s Day Arrays: Provide students with heart-shaped cutouts or candy hearts. Encourage them to create arrays by arranging the hearts in rows and columns. Practice multiplication and skip counting while exploring patterns.
- Love Potion Fractions: Create a “love potion” recipe using different fractions. For example, mix 1/4 cup of hugs, 1/2 cup of kisses, and 3/4 cup of friendship. Discuss how fractions represent parts of a whole and have students write their own love potion recipes.
- Heart Symmetry: Cut out and color a heart keeping both sides symmetrical.
Valentine’s Day Science Activities
- Candy Heart Science Experiment: Provide students with candy hearts and various liquids (water, vinegar, soda, etc.). Have them hypothesize and observe what happens when the hearts are placed in different liquids. Discuss chemical reactions and record findings.
- Heart Rate Investigation: Have students measure their resting heart rate and compare it to their heart rate after engaging in different activities, such as jumping jacks, dancing, or quiet meditation. Discuss how the heart rate can change based on physical exertion and emotions.
- Heart Healthy Snacks: Teach students about heart-healthy foods by having them research and create a healthy Valentine’s Day snack. They can choose fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to make a nutritious and delicious treat. Discuss the importance of a balanced diet and how it benefits our hearts.
- Learn about glass candy hearts: Share the video below with your class and learn the science behind these sweet treats.
Valentine’s Day Writing Activities
- Acrostic Poems: Have students write acrostic poems using the word “Valentine” or “Love.” Encourage them to choose words that reflect their feelings or qualities they associate with Valentine’s Day. Display the poems around the classroom.
- I love you because…: Have students write Valentine’s poems using “I love you because…” statements. Allow them to get creative in expressing their feelings and emotions about the special people in their lives. They can write the final draft of their poem on construction paper hearts that they decorate with craft supplies. These heartfelt poems can be great gifts for family members!
- Valentine’s Day Story Starters: Provide students with open-ended story starters related to Valentine’s Day. Let them write their ending to the stories or work with a partner to write one.
- Friendship Quilt: Collaboratively create a friendship quilt by having each student contribute a square with a personalized message or drawing showcasing the importance of friendship. Assemble the squares into a quilt to display in the classroom.
Another way you can incorporate writing into your Valentine’s day week is by having students write narratives, opinion pieces, or informational reports using this Valentine’s Day writing pack.
Practice Reading Comprehension with Valentine’s Day Read Alouds
Practice theme and other reading comprehension skills by having read-aloud time with your class!
“Sylvester & The Magic Pebble” by William Steig: This classic tells the story of Sylvester who finds a magic pebble that grants him any wish he desires—but then things go terribly wrong when Sylvester’s wish turns him into a rock! Students will learn an invaluable lesson about appreciating what you have right now—which makes it an ideal choice for Valentine’s day reading!
Check out other read-alouds that are perfect for February here.
Do a Reading Comprehension Escape Room for Valentine’s Day
Your students will love solving this Valentine’s Day-themed Comprehension Quest. Your students will read 6 passages and earn clues to help them solve the quest! Topics include love birds, how chocolate is made, diamonds and more!
Here’s an inside look!
We hope you enjoyed our list of classroom Valentine’s Day activities for elementary students. Do you have any other activities that you enjoy doing with your students on this holiday? We would love to hear about them in the comments below!