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Make a Valentine's Day Card

Students will select an appropriate type and tone for a Valentine's Day message and then create a paper or digital card for someone special in their lives.

PROCESS:

  1. Tell students to imagine that all of the companies that produce Valentine's Day cards suddenly went out of business. Because of that, they have to make their own Valentine's Day cards this year.
  2. As a class, identify different types of Valentine's Day cards (paper, digital, etc.). Discuss the types of messages these cards can contain (joke, poem, simple statement, etc.) and the variety of tones the messages can convey (funny, serious, sarcastic, romantic, etc.). Challenge students to explain why the intended recipient (friend, relative, romantic interest, etc.) often dictates the type and tone of the message.
  3. Instruct each student to think of someone they would like to send a Valentine's Day card to. Give students time to brainstorm ideas for their cards.
  4. Provide an assortment of art materials, including card stock, or access to a digital design program. Give students time to create their cards.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to share their Valentine's Day cards with the class. Encourage them to explain why the type and tone of the message are a good fit for the intended recipient.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
As students brainstorm ideas for their cards, encourage them to make a list of words that remind them of the intended recipient. Challenge them to use one or more of those words as they write a funny Valentine's Day message to feature on their cards. Give students access to art supplies and card stock so they can make their Valentine's Day cards.
Grades 5-6:
As students brainstorm ideas for their cards, encourage them to make a list of words that remind them of the intended recipient. Challenge them to use one or more of those words as they write a joke or simple statement to feature on their cards. Give students access to art supplies and card stock so they can make their Valentine's Day cards.
Grades 7-8:
As students brainstorm ideas for their cards, encourage them to make a list of words that remind them of the intended recipient. Challenge them to include one or more of those words as they write a poem to feature on their cards. Instruct students to select a tone for their poem that best suits the intended recipient. Then give students access to art supplies and card stock so they can make their Valentine's Day cards.
Grades 9-10:
As students brainstorm ideas for their cards, encourage them to make a list of words that remind them of the intended recipient. Challenge them to include several of those words as they write a joke, poem or simple message to feature on their cards. Instruct students to select a tone for their cards that best suits the intended recipient. Then give students access to a design program so they can create a digital Valentine's Day card.