Use Valentine’s Day to spark the conversation in the ELL classroom

For some of your students, this holiday may be familiar or totally unknown. Here is an easy way to get started:

  • Use visual prompts such as clip art or related photos, anything from candy, hearts to cupids, and ask students if they know what holiday they correspond to.
  • Have your students find their way through this heart maze. A great way to help develop their writing and critical-thinking skills!
  • Help them count by connecting the numbered dots to reveal the hidden image on this Valentine printable.
  • Develop their vocabulary with this printable Valentine word search! Look from top to bottom, left to right, and don’t forget diagonals.
  • Create a word wall for your Valentine’s Day writing prompts. Ask your students to brainstorm all the valentine-related nouns and adjectives they can think of — love, friendship, family, friends, hearts, happiness, kindness, Cupid, bow and arrow, roses, flowers, chocolate, hugs, kisses, letters, pink, red…. Need inspiration? Check out this Valentine’s Day word wall.
  • Have your students listen to a Valentine’s Day song and challenge them to write out as many words as possible while it is playing. Then, give them the lyrics and review new vocabulary.


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