Celebrating Valentine’s Day in School

Every store I see is filled with roses, chocolate, and pink cards…Valentine’s Day is around the corner! 

As a teachers, how do I celebrate Valentine’s Day in school? Below are easy lesson ideas that are inclusive, diverse, and lots of fun!

Self-esteem Activities

So often the focus is on “who we love” instead of, “what I love about myself.” This week can be a great opportunity to discuss self-esteem with students. That’s why I’m a fan of this free “What I Love About Myself” craft for younger students.

If you’re a middle school or high school teacher, check out these worksheets and activities to create an engaging lesson plan about self-esteem and self-worth.

Heart and Pink Themed Valentine’s Day Activities

Of course, there’s always room for fun heart and pink themed activities that we know and love. If you’re a math or science teacher, you might find a lesson idea for a Valentine’s Day STEM activity

Add some laughter to the classroom with Valen-Slime Day, a pink and glittery activity for students of all ages.

Friendship Valentine’s Day Activities

Valentine’s Day is a time to talk about friendships. What qualities make a good friend? What do you look for in a friend? Get the ball rolling with over 50 journal prompts about friendship.

Create classroom collaboration and build friendships with creative Valentine’s Day games for the classroom, including my personal favorite,  a friendship tower!

Building a warm, inclusive classroom environment boosts a student’s self-esteem and sense of belonging. Learn more with Classroom Collaboration, an online PD class for teachers.


About the Author
Ellen Paxton is a respected expert in education and best known as the Chief Learning Officer of Professional Learning Board. As a two-time National Board Certified Teacher, Ellen has successfully published and customized online professional development courses and Learning Management Systems for 20 years to help teachers meet their state continuing education renewal credit requirements. Through ProfessionalLearningBoard.comRenewaTeachingLicense.com, and ConnectedPD.com. Ellen has established solutions and maintained partnerships with several accredited universities, higher education institutions, teachers’ unions and state Departments of Education while setting strategic direction that makes a difference and overseeing implementation of popular online PD.