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Monday Morning Ready01.31.2019
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For more than a century, Sweethearts have helped romantics express their softer sides. The pastel-colored, heart-shaped candies are stamped with cutesy phrases: “Be Mine,” “Me & You,” “Love Me,” “Marry Me.” Sure, it’s not poetry, but it certainly gets the point across.... < read more >
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
Grade 3-4

Why do you think Sweethearts are such a popular Valentine's Day treat?

Grade 5-6

Besides Sweethearts, what is your favorite Valentine's Day tradition? Why?

Grade 7-8

According to the article the messages on Sweethearts candies change with the times. What new messages do you think the hearts should feature when they return to the market?

Grade 9-10

With Sweethearts off the market for 2019, do you think people will embrace a new Valentine's Day tradition that will replace the sweet treats in the future? Or do you think Sweethearts will be back stronger than ever when they return? Why?

LESSON PLAN
Make a Valentine's Day Card

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.
SMITHSONIAN RESOURCES
Valentine’s Day from Smithsonian Folkways
The concept of love has inspired many artists to write songs, whether about new-found love or heartbreak. Invite students to explore this Smithsonian Folkways collection to hear a sampling of love-themed folksongs from around the world.

Valentine’s Day Science
Love Valentine’s Day? Love Science? Then we have you covered! Check out the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s Valentine’s Day Science Pinterest board for an assortment of Valentine’s Day themed science activities, experiments, jokes, cards and more.

We Heart Art
The heart is an age-old symbol associated with the Valentine’s Day holiday. At the Smithsonian, we love art and design! Explore this Smithsonian site to see how hearts have been incorporated into design throughout our collections.

How Chocolate and Valentine’s Day Mated for Life
Read this Smithsonian magazine article to trace the lovers, the leaders and the ladies responsible for the pairing of chocolate to Valentine’s Day.

Handi-hour Crafting: SweetART Valentines
In this video from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery, Public Programs Coordinator Gloria Kenyon demonstrates how to create Valentine’s cards.

Love, historically
It’s Valentine’s Day and we sure do love history. On this day of cards, flowers and chocolate explore this National Museum of American History site and take some time to celebrate stories of love and romance in the museum’s collections.

Harry Truman’s Adorable Love “List” to His Wife, Bess
As a celebration of 38 years of marriage, the former president shared his memories, both fond and bittersweet, from each anniversary. Read this Smithsonian magazine article to read what he had to say.

Tea for Two
Use this activity from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to help elementary and middle school students examine how certain items can link family and friends together in unique and interesting ways.
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