Curriculum Themes and Interdisciplinary Connections to Valentine's Day
TeachHub.com has many excellent resources arranged in the following topics:
Reading & Writing Love Stories, Poems, Sonnets or Songs
Literacy instruction, literary analysis and creative writing all have an outlet for this romantic holiday.
Reading assignments are easy enough to fit the holiday theme. Just choose a text that relates to love. To get creative, you can even use lyrics to popular love songs as your materials to examine word choice, rhythm, rhyme scheme, parts of speech or any other literacy connection.
Here are some Valentine’s Day Text Resources to get you started:
- Shakespeare Sonnets
- Valentines Read Aloud Book List
- Five Young Adult Novels Perfect for Valentine’s Day
- Amazon Valentines Book List by Age
- 50 Greatest Love Songs with Lyrics
- Goodreads Best Love Stories (by user vote)
For creative writing, challenge students to write their own story, poem or song about love. You can help by giving them story starters, brainstorming love-related rhymes as a class or playing love story popcorn as a group (where you start the story and each student adds two sentences).
Remember, Valentine’s Day can celebrate all forms of love, not just romantic love. Let students know that their love stories don’t have to be about romance, but about anyone or anything they love. If you’re choosing a Valentine’s Day text, books like The Giving Tree can show the importance of give and take in any loving relationship.
You will also find specific links and resources for each of the following :
- How Love Plays a Role in History
- Cupid and Love in Mythology
- Biology of the Heart and Circulatory System
- Math ideas include everything from Budgeting for Your Date to the Business of Valentine's Day
The Franklin Institute has an excellent site: The Heart: The Engine of Life