Happy Valentine’s Day! When I was a classroom teacher, I did whatever I could not to make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. I bought heart-covered pencils for my students, created a special morning message about Valentine’s Day, and I believe that was it. How boring of me!
Truth be told, I didn’t want to lose a day of class time to special activities. However, there is a way to make Valentine’s Day fun and educational. For instance, one can take a day off from writing workshop (If you’re on-track with the unit you’re in and principal doesn’t mind!) to do some Valentine’s Day writing. You can do a read aloud or two to inspire your students to write poems, comic books, short stories, and artwork. Then your students can give share their pieces with their family or friends after school.