Folded up letters of love, heart-shaped candy with stamped on messages, and foil balloons floating in the air all flood my mind when I think of Valentine’s Day. This Valentine’s Day, consider using class time to teach your students easy ways to look beyond the commercialism and show love. Check out these quick, others-centered activities you can use in your classroom today.
Teach students to show love by sharing sincere compliments.
Teach students to show love by reading about fair trade chocolates and flowers. What is fair trade, and why we should pay attention to where the items come from?
Teach students to show love by allowing them to peek at other kids making a difference. Kids inspire kids. Find some do gooders and share about their service efforts.
Teach students to show love by giving students imaginary $500.00 to shop with at The Goods. Then, discuss the why and how behind the purchases they make.
Teach students to show love by watching videos of someone who feels underloved.
How do you encourage your students to show love on Valentine’s Day? Do you have any easy-to-implement Valentine activities?
Amy Sullivan teaches Special Education and blogs at Amy L. Sullivan.