Valentine's Day Activities

Teacher Guide by Anna Warfield

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Valentine's Day Activities and Lesson Plans

Student Activities for Valentine's Day Activities Include:

Sometimes we use the seasons and holidays around us to engage our students. Whether you want to use these activities just for fun, or if you have lesson plans around Valentine’s Day or Friendship Day, Storyboard That is an excellent resource. Check out some of the great things your students can do!

Valentine's Day Activities Lesson Plans, Student Activities and Graphic Organizers

The Story of St. Valentine

There are different origin stories and legends that have arisen surrounding the man Valentine and the genesis of Valentine’s Day. As with many other holidays celebrated over great time and distances, facts get skewed, political or religious groups stress certain aspects, practices change, beginnings are forgotten, and new traditions are forged. While facts and myths have been woven together about the origin or purpose of the holiday, we can still celebrate the message of love and friendship with our students.

Use a storyboard to retell the story of Saint Valentine or another story for the holiday. For younger students, read a story and have the students create an illustrated summary with six parts, or with a Beginning, Middle, and End structure. Older students can research different versions of Saint Valentine or historical accounts, and let them create a short narrative of their findings.

Here is an example of what a short historical narrative might look like.

  • Emperor Claudius II of Rome wanted to grow his army, but many men did not want to volunteer and leave their wives and children. So, he passed a law prohibiting marriage.

  • Many young lovers thought this law was unjust! Valentine, a Christian priest in Rome, believed marriage was a holy commitment above any human law.

  • Valentine continued to perform wedding rituals in secret.

  • Alas! Valentine was discovered. Roman guards arrested him for breaking the emperor's law. He was condemned to death and sent to prison.

  • People sent him messages saying that they agreed with him. While in prison, the jailer's daughter talked with him and learned from him. They became friends.

  • Before he was beheaded on February 14th, he had signed a message for his friend saying, "From your Valentine". Today, we send similar messages and tokens of love to our friends and loved ones on Valentine's Day.

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What Does Love Look Like?

Valentine’s Day is most often associated with romantic love: love letters, flowers, special dinner dates, chocolate, and armed flying babies. Love can be something that can surprise us, make us nervous or embarrassed, or bring us comfort during troubled times. Let’s celebrate all the different forms of love, not just that mushy stuff, but the connections we have in our communities.

For those who need a little inspiration, here are a few ideas on who we love and when we see love:

  • family
  • friends
  • pets
  • couples
  • sacrifice
  • happy/sad times

My example below tells its “story” with pictures in a quilt format, rather than a linear narration. Each cell shows an example of love, but there are different emotions and connections involved. I chose to leave the words out and let the pictures speak for themselves, but titles and/or descriptions would certainly clarify storyboard cells. Use a storyboard like this as its own activity, or piece together student work in a bigger quilt!

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Things I Love...

The people and things that we love tell a great deal about ourselves. This activity is a chance for students to reflect on themselves and their likes, but also on the most important things to them. While many students will certainly choose family or favorite things, as I did below, students will undoubtedly come to recognize people or things that have immense personal value. This is a beneficial brainstorming activity to solicit ideas for personal narratives, authority/expert writing, poetry topics, and more!

A spider map template works very well with this activity because there is less emphasis on ordering than there is in a list. The Frayer Model template works similarly well, but you are limited to exactly four items.

What does my storyboard tell you (or your students) about me? What new things did your students learn about each other after this activity? Let me know on Twitter! @AnnaMYWarfield

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Valentine's Day Cards

Another great feature of Storyboard That is creating cards! Use the amazing scenes, characters, and items to make a card that celebrates Valentine’s Day.

  1. Create a three-cell storyboard for Valentine’s Day. This could be a valentine, a short story (beginning, middle, and end), a joke, a message to a friend or family member, or whatever you want!

    • Cell 1 is the front of the card.

    • Cell 2 is the left inside page.

    • Cell 3 is the back of the card.

    Storyboards of any layout can be converted into a folding card, but only the first three cells will appear. Titles and descriptions are not printed on the card, so use “Textables” inside the cell if you want to include text.

  2. After you save your storyboard, click "Make a Folding Card" and then click “Valentine’s Day”. The right inside page is a pre-written message that you select at this step. Choose the artwork and message that works best for you!

  3. Print out the pop-up image, and fold.
    • Hold the paper so the front of the card is right-side-up in the bottom right corner.
    • Then, fold the paper in half away from you (you should see the back of the card on the left and the front of the card on the right).
    • Fold the paper again so you only see the front.
  4. Don't forget to sign your card!

There you have it! A Storyboard That card perfect for celebrating friends, loved ones, and candy!

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