Fun Valentine’s Day activities for students in your classroom

January 17, 2023Carol Chinea

Valentine’s day activities for students in the classroom bring meaningful connections, love, and engaging learning experiences. It is the perfect opportunity to teach students social and emotional learning (SEL) skills such as gratitude, self-love, respect, and more. You can also use this as an opportunity to teach students about the history of the love-filled holiday. Whether you’re teaching SEL skills or history, there are many ways you can implement fun and academic learning moments with your students across all subjects and grades.

Valentine’s Day Classroom activities infographic

With Nearpod, you can explore premade Valentine’s Day activities and lessons fit for your classroom. Download SEL activities to teach strategies like mantras and growth mindset, plus other freebies to use with your students!

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Fun Valentine’s Day activities for students in your classroom

1. Practice self-love and kindness through social and emotional learning

Nearpod’s social and emotional learning activities are easy to implement into your class routines all year, especially on Valentine’s Day. Integrate social and emotional learning activities to practice skills like positive interactions, gratitude, and reflective moments into daily learning to help create safe, inclusive, and effective classroom environments. When SEL practices are thoughtfully selected and used authentically, they have greater power to be effective. Download these Valentine’s Day activities for students to use on February 14th or year-round.

Here are activities you can use:

Valentine's Day activities for students to practice social and emotional learning skills such as spreading kindness

2. Write to someone special using Time to Climb Valentine’s Day cards

Valentine's Day cards for students

We’ve created printable Valentine’s cards with characters from students’ favorite educational game, Time to Climb! Share them with your students or your colleagues, or give them to students to share with each other (and they’re also cute in black and white!). You can print them out, share digitally, or post them on social media!

3. Play educational games with Time to Climb Valentine’s Day Theme

Valentine's Day educational games for the classroom

Use gamified assessment tools, like Time to Climb, for Valentine’s day activities for students. Every February, we release a seasonal Valentine’s theme with a lovely new background, animation, and music. Students love choosing new themes and characters whenever they play! Build community, excitement, and healthy competition in your classroom by making Time to Climb a routine in your classroom for reviews, bell ringers, and exit tickets.

4. Teach about the history of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day has special traditions we practice every year to celebrate love. But why does this holiday exist, and what does cupid have to do with it? Give students the background and history of Valentine’s Day with our lessons.

In this Valentine’s Day lesson, students learn about the origins of Valentine’s Day and how it is celebrated in the United States. They also learn about Valentine’s Day symbols. Click here to download the lesson for Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5.

Valentine's Day lesson on the holiday's history and significance
Valentine's Day classroom activity to draw symbols related to the holiday

5. Teach core subjects with a Valentine’s Day twist

Using Valentine’s Day lessons shouldn’t limit you from your day-to-day instruction. With Nearpod’s lessons, you can still teach about your common core subjects such as math, science, English language arts, and social studies.

Use these lessons:

  • Multiplication – Valentine’s Edition: In this lesson, students will use arrays, repeated addition, skip counting, and equal groups to solve multiplication word problems with a celebratory Valentine’s Day theme.
  • Romeo and Juliet: In this Crash Course Literature video, students learn about Romeo and Juliet, including the Aristotelian definition of tragedy and Shakespeare’s decision to set the play in Italy. They also learn and identify iambic pentameter. (Mature references)
  • How Do I love thee?: In this lesson, students learn about Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem “How Do I Love Thee?” They make connections with the text in order to identify key details and understand the text more deeply.
  • The Ladybug Love-In: In this video from Deep Look, students learn about the huge gatherings of ladybugs where they do more than hibernate, and it’s their best chance to find a mate.
  • An Introduction to Valentine’s Day: In this grade 3-5 EL Content Companion, students use scaffolds to learn about Valentine’s Day. The lesson contains language, social-emotional learning, and content objectives, along with targeted vocabulary instruction.
"How Do I love thee?" Poetry analysis ELA Valentine's Day lesson
Drawing Valentine's Day activity for students to practice math multiplication

Start using these Valentine’s Day activities for students

We hope you found these Valentine’s Day resources helpful! We’re so excited to see you use these activities and resources in your classroom to celebrate with your students. You can access these activities and lessons through a Nearpod account. Sign up below to access standards-aligned interactive lessons, activities, and videos, and create your own with Nearpod.

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