El Día de San Valentín or Valentine’s Day is one of those non-cultural celebrations that I love incorporating into Spanish class because it appeals to students and is easy to connect with the class content. Through “El día de San Valentín” you can teach or review colors, sizes, numbers and ever a few phrases related to friendship in Spanish. Here is a fun game I play with my students. This game is perfect for grades fourth and up! This game is available on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Divide the class in pairs. Each pair should have a die and one of the pieces that says “Jugador #1” and “Jugador #2 to keep track of their points. Each player will have a turn rolling the die. The player will have to read the sentence aloud. Every time the player gets “Feliz Día de San Valentín” sentence, he or she will score a point. Whoever gets the most points wins. The players can decided the amount of time they want to play.
The set includes the game, classroom decorations and a set of cards for your students to decorated and give to their friends.
I have teamed up with a group of ten World Language Spanish teachers who have teaching-related blogs and are active sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers. I am so excited about the diversity of this group – with elementary, middle and high school teachers. We have all prepared resources that will help you enhance your lessons to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Spanish class. Many of these resources will be free during the dates of the hop which are January 31 and February 1, 2015.
I am a K-3 elementary Spanish teacher. My students always enjoy mini-books in class, and I have put together one for you to use with your students.
Valentine’s Day is a fun opportunity to take a break from our regular routine and units. February has the potential to be a special month in language classes. I love this holiday because students can review colors and numbers and learn simple phrases to write Valentine’s cards in Spanish. I use candy hearts, and I classify them with my students according to their colors. I also place them in containers and students have to guess the quantity. Students also have fun learning what the message on each heart means.
Last year I showed the movie “El Día de San Valentín, Charlie Brown.” One thing I do is to show a movie and then have the children complete a short task afterwards. This is a simple activity for the younger grades, but it can be adapted to different levels, too. This year I decided to create an activity set that students may use to talk in Spanish after watching the movie.
I show the movie to my students in Spanish and show English subtitles. According to your level and class meeting frequency, you might want to watch it in Spanish without subtitles.
¡Feliz Día de San Valentín!
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