It’s February… you know that that means! Valentine’s Day! Here are some of my favourite activities that I hope you can use to celebrate in your upper elementary classroom!
With our big kids, it can be fun to focus on kindness throughout the week of Valentine’s Day.
One way to do this it to spread Random Acts of Kindness!
Start by having students brainstorm all of the different things that they could do for people in the school that would be kind. Then they each pick one to write on their Random Act of Kindness Card. All of the cards go into a basket. Click here to grab the FREE cards! Each morning, draw a Random Act of Kindness from their suggestions and students have until the end of the day to complete the challenge.
Here are some of suggestions that might help to get student ideas flowing:
- Make a Thank You card for the custodian
- Ask someone new to play with you at recess
- Say “good morning” or “hello” to every teacher today
Hopefully your students will end up suggesting that you do something nice for your buddy class or for some younger students. This is where my “Once I was a Heart
” book comes in handy!
Head down to your buddy room with red construction paper, scissors, glue, photocopies and smiles 🙂
Students can work with their buddies to help them create their “Once I was a Heart Books
“. The great part about these books is that once they have been assembled, students can continue to read them together for the rest of the year during buddy reading time!
Did you know that the movie Wonder comes out on DVD on February 13th 2018? It is a sign that we must watch it in our classrooms! The movie ties in perfectly with the idea of spreading kindness and your students will love comparing it to the book. I have created a set of critical thinking activities for students to complete both before and after watching the movie. This is a great way to incorporate some reading standards into your party! Best of all, it’s only $2! Click on the image below to check out the resource.
After watching the movie, return to your classroom for some positive affirmations – Digital Style!
Your students will love creating digital compliment books! They will have a blast writing compliments for each other in their Google Slides Digital Books! Best of all, this product comes with a step-by-step teacher guide, perfect if you are new to using digital activities in your classroom! Click on the picture below to check it out!
How will you spend Valentine’s Day with your Upper Elementary Students?