Middle school Valentine’s Day activities can make your regular lessons more engaging for your students.
While candy and valentines can be fun for many, finding ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the middle school classroom can be a challenge – candy hearts and poems will only take you so far.
So for the teacher struggling to figure out what to do to keep their curriculum both timely and engaging, here are a couple of useful middle school Valentine’s Day activities that you can use in your classroom.
These ideas can be used in lieu of or in addition to hosting a class Valentine’s Day party.
A Digital Escape Room
One way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is by playing a game. A digital escape room might be just the thing for your students. This Valentine’s Day Digital Escape Room will keep your students excited and focused. From deciphering code to watching videos and answering questions, students will work together to succeed in this project. Community building and teamwork are important components of this fun activity. Learn why teachers should use digital escape rooms in their classrooms here.
Whether it is because your school has banned parties, because the parties are occurring later in the day, or because you just want something that is both timely and educational, creative writing can be a great way to create a fun Valentine’s Day lesson. In this Valentine’s Day Creative Writing Assignment, students select a role from a given list and write from that viewpoint using a provided prompt. This activity has the added benefit of being a no-prep activity and can be completed in one day or stretched over multiple days.
Don’t Forget About Non-Fiction
Studying the history of a holiday is a great way to incorporate non-fiction materials and reading skills into a more formal holiday curriculum. Just sending students out to research though can be problematic, especially if you are not looking to do an entire research unit at the moment. This Valentine’s Day Non-Fiction Article is a great way to overcome these challenges while still including non-fiction. Everything you need is provided for both an informative and engaging activity.
Need a complete Valentine’s Day Unit?
If your school goes all out for Valentine’s Day and you are looking for an engaging yet curriculum-focused middle school Valentine’s Day activities unit check out this Valentine’s Day Unit.
This unit for middle school grades contains 5 different activities that will help reinforce your students’ reading, writing, and creativity skills. Students will learn about the historical background of Valentine’s Day traditions and prepare for a Valentine’s Day discussion about current customs.
- Lesson 1: History of Valentine’s Day Video & Reading
- Lesson 2: Valentine’s Day Opinion Writing
- Lesson 3: Valentine’s Day Opinion Fishbowl Discussion & Paragraph Assignment
- Lesson 4: Valentine’s Day Creative Choice Board Assignment
- Lesson 5: Valentine’s Day Creative Writing Assignment
These middle school Valentine’s Day activities are designed to keep your students engaged while providing the teacher with quality lessons that reinforce key literacy skills.