Valentines Day Learning Activities for the Classroom

One of my FAVORITE things is incorporating the seasons and holidays into my classroom. Kids are so excited about them anyway, it's a great way to easily bring ENGAGEMENT to your curriculum! Obviously it has to be meaningful work and not just cutesy projects. So, here are 7 easy ideas for bringing Valentines Day into your classroom while maintaining rigor and real work.
These 7 Valentines Day activities for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students are perfect for keeping students engaged during February! Click the pin to find 7 different Valentines Day math and ELA activities that will keep students learning and challenged all month long. They'll love creating these monster valentine bags, writing kindness notes, the valentines choice board, Valentines Day PBL project, and MORE

Monster Valentine Bag

1. Build a Monster Valentine Bags

Do your students exchange valentines in your classroom? If so, you most likely have them build their own valentines bags. Why not take something that is normally just an art project and bring math into it?! Set up a store and have students buy pieces for their valentines bags. They will be so engaged they don't even realize how much math they are doing. 

Take it a step further - let them shop with manipulative coins, differentiate prices, or give them a budget! This takes a Valentines Day activity you were already planning on doing with your students, and brings it into your math block with a TON of rigor and math.

CLICK HERE to see the Monster Valentine Bag I love to use with my students. The menus are editable so you can change the prices so they are just right for your students.

Valentines Kindness Bunting

2. Spreading Love Bunting

I love taking the time in February to talk about kindness with students and strengthen that classroom community feeling. It's easy to take a few minutes to have a classroom meeting about ways to show kindness and love, and it puts it in students' minds first thing in the morning. Make an anchor chart or list as a class and hang it up for the month. Ask students to choose one things from the list each morning to do that day!

This quick printable bunting is a perfect way for students to write their own ways to spread love and kindness. It makes a fun classroom or hallway decoration for February that also reminds them to BE KIND!

Speaking of kindness...let your students practice friendly letter writing by writing notes of appreciation to classmates and staff members! You can let students choose someone to write to and have them draft a letter. Let students peer edit each others' letters before they write their final drafts. So. Many. Writing. Skills.

CLICK HERE to see my favorite Valentines - FOOD PUNS!! These are so fun and include writing papers, and they make the most adorable bulletin board. These will bring a smile to anyone who receives one!

Valentine Day Math Project PBL
I'm a big believer in incorporating PBL, or project based learning, into the classroom. I love letting students SEE how you can use your learning in the real world. This math project lets students plan a classroom valentines party - the food, decorations and entertainment. This is a thorough project that lets students work with differentiated menus and budgets to plan an EPIC Valentines Day party for their class.

Valentines Day Choice Board

5. Valentines Day Choice Board

Choice boards are a staple in my classroom - giving students' choice lets them take ownership of their learning and they are guaranteed to be more engaged when they have chosen what they're working on. I love using seasonal boards in my classroom because it brings some fun into our everyday routines, but all of the activities hit different math and ELA standards for a great spiral review and challenge. These are perfect early finisher activities for February!

This Valentines Day choice board is full of 9 no prep seasonal activities and printables that will keep your early finishers challenged all month long!

Valentines Day Writing Prompts
Do you have a writing center in your classroom? If not, you should! Letting students have daily writing time helps give them TONS of practice and exposure to different writing types. I love having seasonal prompts I can throw in my center to keep students excited to write. Mix in persuasive, narrative and informative writing so they get to interact with several types of writing.

THESE writing prompts have differentiated writing lines for students and print and go writing toppers that students can color when they're done with their writing!

Valentines Day Math Color by Code

7. Color by Code: Valentines Edition

Color by codes are one of my (and my students!) favorite morning work activities. I love them because they are FULL of practice, and one picture normally lasts students for several days or a full week. Students love them because they get to color, and it doesn't feel like just a worksheet. Also, I love letting students cut out the picture and mount it to black paper - I use them as seasonal decor by taping them to our classroom cabinets.

CLICK HERE for some Color by Code sheets that practice double digit addition and subtraction with regrouping!

These 7 Valentines Day activities for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students are perfect for keeping students engaged during February! Click the pin to find 7 different Valentines Day math and ELA activities that will keep students learning and challenged all month long. They'll love creating these monster valentine bags, writing kindness notes, the valentines choice board, Valentines Day PBL project, and MORE

Keeping students focused on learning during an exciting holiday can be challenging, so I hope you found some easy ways to incorporate the holiday into your curriculum! Leave a comment telling me how else you add in some Valentines Day fun to your classroom!

Introducing Research with a Guided Presidents Research Project

Presidents research project

Presidents Research Project.

Research projects can be difficult to implement in elementary classrooms, but they can provide so many benefits to young students. Not to mention, students LOVE getting to conduct research and showcase their findings. This presidents research project is a perfect activity for the month of February to celebrate Presidents Day, and can be used with any president!

Presidents research project and links

The KEYS to research projects for elementary students:

1. Guided research templates 

First, second and third graders need a template to guide them through research. This will help them learn what information to look for as they conduct a research project. These president research templates mix fill-in-the-blank information with open-ended questions.

2. Clickable Links

Prescreened websites, at the fingertips of students? Do I even need to say more?! Raise your hand if you've ever had a student stumble upon an award or inappropriate ad or photo...oops. Having clean and student-friendly sites ready for them is essential to kicking off a successful research project.

Presidents research project and timeline

Showcasing the research:

This is the part where you let students get creative with how they use their research. With this research project pack, I've included 3 options - you can mix and match them all, or even use this as a way to differentiate the project. Let them create a poster, a timeline or write and deliver an informational speech from the perspective of the president they chose. Take it a step further and have them present their work to their class or a small group. 

Presidents research project

One of my favorite parts of this project? It is essentially NO PREP for you. Just print and go...students can complete this during centers, computer lab time, an at home project, etc. Templates are included for every president, so you can let students choose their own or assign one to them!

If you try this project in your classroom, be sure to connect me with on Instagram and let me know how it went with your students!

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Mastering Math Facts with Student Choice Boards

 Math Fact Menu Choice Board

Math Fact Fluency.

One of my least favorite things to deal with in my classroom, but also an essential to students' math foundation. But what do you do with students who have already shown math fact mastery, and need a challenge?! My math choice boards were literally born to solve this problem in my own classroom.

Math Fact Fluency Choice Board

For students who have mastered their addition and subtraction facts, I like to challenge them with this math menu (or choice board!). It has 9 engaging and rigorous challenges for students to choose from, and all focus on math facts. They really let students dig deeper with the content, instead of continuing to mindlessly practice the facts they've already mastered.

The activities range from hands on, to projects, to games, and more! There's a great variety included to keep students interested and challenged. You can easily include this as a math center too if you want to give all of your students the opportunity to challenge themselves. I've seen some teachers set this up as a bulletin board station in their classroom, and they rotate the content as they switch math units. (Psst..I have these math menus available for every second grade math topic!)

Here's a peek at a few activities from the Math Fact Choice Board:

Math Fact Game

Mastering math facts game

Mastering math facts game

Another one of my favorite parts? These are literally NO PREP for you. Just print and go...some activities on the menu can be used completely alone, and others require the printables to give students a little more guidance. 

And there you have it! It's really that simple to keep your higher students engaged and working on rigorous content during your math block. Just give students their math fact choice board and watch them enjoy that math fact fluency time again. 

Do you have students who have mastered their addition and subtraction math facts? Help them dive deeper into math fact fluency with this Math Fact Choice Board and enrichment activities and challenges. These hands on projects, activities and printables are fun and engaging and will challenge your second graders.

If you use these math menus in your classroom, be sure to connect me with on Instagram and let me know how they're working for you!

Project Based Learning Activity: Build a Zoo

Many of you are desperately counting down the days to summer vacation right now, and I know all too well how much of a struggle it is to keep students engaged through the last few days of school! My favorite way to keep students working hard through to the end of the school year is with projects. You can hit several standards at once, group students together so they don't need you as much (all the praise hands for this one), and make it as big and creative as you want!

Some easy-for-teacher projects are math PBLs. My Build a Zoo PBL is PACKED full of Common Core math standards that can be used as review this time of year. It is differentiated, so you can still enrich for your higher achieving students, and the idea of designing a zoo is super engaging for students...even as summer break is on their minds!

I wanted to give you all a close look at the Build a Zoo project, so you can see what I'm talking about!