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Virtual Valentine’s Day Activities That will Keep Your Pupils Engaged

Many kids, regardless of what grade you teach, enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day because it allows them to express their gratitude and appreciate the significant individuals in their lives.

Typically, this entails handing out handwritten cards and candy. However, many Valentine’s Day customs will be impossible this year due to coronavirus limitations. So, if you’re in a remote or distance learning situation, how can you celebrate the day with your students? We offer the following activities for socially isolated Valentine’s Day celebrations:

Make a book for Valentine’s Day.

Your blended or virtual learning Valentine’s Day can still be a source of inspiration. Instead of having kids produce Valentine’s cards this year, have them use a tool like Book Creator to create a Valentine’s themed book.

Before you start, read a Valentine’s book and talk about what the holiday means to them. Emphasize the importance of friendship, generosity, and appreciation on Valentine’s Day. Then challenge them to come up with their own stories based on these topics.

If you’re performing in-person or synchronous learning, you can ask which students want to share their books with the class, and then utilize LanSchool Air’s Show Teacher feature to broadcast your screen while each student discusses their book. For asynchronous learning, you can use the Messaging tool to send out a chat with links to each student’s book, allowing the class to explore on their own.

Teach a Valentine’s Day vocabulary or phonics lesson.

Valentine’s Day is an excellent opportunity for primary school pupils to study the language of love through a Valentine’s-themed vocabulary or phonics lesson.

With the help of Valentine’s words, Little Learners has created a movie that leads you through each letter sound. You can also use your imagination and make your own list.

You can have your kids work through a Valentine’s Day vocabulary list if they are a little older. Divide the list into sections for in-person or synchronous learning, and have each student provide a term, its meaning, and an example sentence. You can ask your students to add meanings to the whole list of words if you’re undertaking asynchronous learning.

Take a look at a Valentine’s Day video.

You can also have a fun Valentine’s Day celebration that doesn’t take up a lot of class time. Watch a short Valentine’s Day film about the holiday’s origins, how to express “I love you” in many languages, and even how to make conversation hearts.

If you want to go deeper — especially with older children — have them do some research on a Valentine’s-related topic and then produce a video screenplay or essay on what they discovered. How chocolate is created, how the practice of giving jewelry began, which nations celebrate Valentine’s Day and how their traditions differ, and so on are some examples of possible themes.

Organize an online dancing party.

Test your DJ talents by holding a virtual dance party for younger elementary school pupils who need to burn off some holiday excitement. Allow pupils to roam around and dance to a Kidz Bop Valentine playlist. Give parents advance notice if your students are learning at home; they may wish to join in the fun.

If you’re teaching in person, you can even have a dancing competition and have students vote on the winner using LanSchool Classic’s Voting function.

Make a menu for Valentine’s Day.

The majority of gatherings feature good food and delicious desserts. Plan a menu for a special Valentine’s Day supper with your students. Use this opportunity to emphasize the significance of practical skills like meal planning, grocery list organization, defining common cooking words, and even watching cooking demonstrations to master fundamental methods.

To create a menu with variety, ask kids to name their favorite foods and sweets. Create a digital and shareable menu using a freely available template, such as the one supplied by Flipsnack, once the dinner has been arranged.

Connect digital citizenship and social-emotional development to Valentine’s Day lessons.
Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to talk about how we should treat each other on a daily basis because it’s a holiday about sharing, caring, and exhibiting kindness. Lead a discussion with kids about friendship and how it manifests itself in their life.

Talk about basic human emotional needs, such as how everyone wants to be loved and appreciated. Request that students relate a time when they felt liked or accepted, as well as a list of what makes them feel that way.

Then ask students how they might apply what they’ve learned in class to their daily interactions with one another, both in person and online. Remind children that the adults in their lives also require compassion and love, and invite them to consider how they might express their gratitude to those who are important to them.

This year, embrace the unexpected.

Opening up a dialogue about love and kindness during such a difficult year may elicit surprising feelings in pupils and potentially even in yourself. Valentine’s Day is a terrific opportunity to have an enjoyable time with your students while also exploring real-life subjects that might lead to formative growth.

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