Monday, February 1, 2010

Valentine's Day Educational Fun

Connecting educational ideas to holidays is an easy way to capitalize on the fun of learning, and help children/youth develop their own commitment to learning (one of Search Institute's 8 Asset Categories).

Here are some of the many Valentine's Day curriculum ideas that I found on EducationWorld's website. You'll find ideas from science, math, writing, vocabulary and technology on their full list.

A Knife to the Heart
Students investigate the history of heart surgery and create a time line showing the most important breakthroughs in cardiac medicine. (Grades 6-12)

The Heartbreaking Puzzle
Students assemble and reassemble pieces from a heart-shaped puzzle to form a variety of geometric shapes. (Grades 3-8)

The Heart of Mathematical Thinking
This Valentine Hearts Investigation engages students in collecting data, making predictions, and graphing.

Candy Heart Stories
Write a story that includes the text of the candy conversation hearts you chose. (Grades 1-8)

Teacher Feature
Valentine Battleship allows kids to combine math practice with holiday fun.

Have a Heart
An Internet scavenger hunt for students in grades 2-6.

Check out their website to see more ideas for Valentine's Day and other holidays.