There is a lot of Valentine’s Day vocabulary that is fun for students to practice using games. You can invent your own games for students to play, learn new games from your colleagues who have played Valentines Day games with students in the past, and add them into your lesson plan.
As with any holiday, it can be very easy to incorporate vocabulary into your classroom. Just use the words in puzzles, hangman games, word searches and jumbles, and fill-in-the-blank Madlib games. Use the vocabulary on worksheets you hand out to the class, and incorporate it into as many facets of your classroom as possible.
Coming up with Valentines Day word games does not have to be hard.
Sometimes Valentine’s Day can feel like a lonely time for your students. They might not get as many valentines as their peers, or feel left out from dates, friend get-togethers, and other activities. Consider how games can be more about friendship and less about love to foster friendships between your students and let everyone feel remembered on this special day.
The best way to share holiday vocabulary with your students is to do so using teamwork. Instead of just sharing a Valentine’s Day word list, have your students all brainstorm as a group. This way they get to practice using their creative skills and build teamwork skills at the same time. Encourage them to think of words themselves using provoking questions, such as:
When they are stumped, add a few more complex vocabulary words to the list.
Here are some words to keep in mind as your students build a list:
Alternatively, students learn a lot from listening to you read Valentine’s Day-themed books. This can become a fun, competitive game for students:
Students who come up with the most words can win a Valentine’s Day treat.