Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Valentine’s Day, and supports the standard of analyzing the background of holidays and their impact on culture. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students:

  • Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? If so, what traditions do you have for this day?  
  • What kinds of Valentine’s day traditions do you know of? 
  • How do you think Valentine’s Day might have started? 

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Students take the Valentine’s Day Challenge and Quiz, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: EXTEND and DEEPEN
Students express what they learned about Valentine’s Day while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a news report interviewing a figure who influenced the evolution of Valentine’s Day, like the Pope, Geoffrey Chaucer, or Esther Howland.
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying how key events influenced the evolution of Valentine’s Day traditions from Roman times to the present day.
  • Creative Coding: Code a Valentine’s Day museum exhibit with artifacts representing traditions from around the world.

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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