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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Spanish Class in a meaningful way

Feliz Día del Amor y la Amistad

Looking for purposeful ways to celebrate el Día de San Valentín aka el Día del Amor y la Amistad in your Spanish classes? Wondering how to do this without it being “romantic?” My favorite activities for this time of year include poetry writing, sweet notes for classmates and teachers/colleagues, and of course valentine cards. All of these activities can be done to celebrate friendship and express gratitude, rather than focus on romance. As always, I love writing that can double as classroom decor, so students can show off their skills! I hope you can get a few ideas or inspiration for activities to try with your students this year 🙂

Activity 1. Poetry Templates

This is by far my favorite activity for Valentine’s Day in Spanish class. I love watching students build confidence in their writing, and I love seeing them deliver these to teachers and friends. It’s also great that they can double as classroom decor!

I love giving my students the opportunity to show off their creative sides.

In this activity they can choose from various templates and write an acrostic poem to a friend, a sweet poem with similes, and more!

These poems do not have to be romantic in nature, and they motivate students to be creative and discover new vocabulary.

If you want a broader topic, these spring poetry prompts are also great!

Activity 2. Letter Templates

Motivate your students to write letters to friends, family members, or even teachers. Students can express why they are grateful for the people in their lives. Again, this doesn’t have to be romantic! I love to emphasize the importance of friendship 🙂 and the difference our classmates can have in our lives.

These pages come in color or black and white — whether you print the color version or your students color them themselves, they make for great classroom decor as well!

There are also two sizes included; full page writing prompts and smaller heart templates as well

Interested in free resources?

Activity 3. Abrazos de Papel

These small notes are another sweet option to express gratitude for the people in our lives.

Students often choose to write letters to teachers, friends, or family members.

These ones in particular are not romantic in nature at all, and instead focus on giving thanks 🙂

Again, these are printed best in color on white paper but you can play around with other options that work for you!

Activity 4. Valentine Cards

Sometimes a cute valentine is the best way to make someone’s day! Honestly, I still have cards hanging on my board from *last* Valentine’s Day.

These Llama Valentines come in color or black and white so your students can do the coloring!

Activity 5. Posters & Coloring Pages

Our sophomores often have state testing right around this time of year. I like to keep extra coloring pages in my room on those days, for students that finish early and would like a way to unwind.

This Valentine’s Day set has cute phrases and clipart for Valentine’s Day.

Alternatively, you can print the color versions and hang them around the room!

Have fun!

Most of the activities I mention above can be found in my Valentine’s Day Bundle, which can be found right here. If you try any of them with your classes, I’d love to know what you think!

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My name is Erin and I have 8 years of experience teaching high school Spanish. I love building positive student relationships and bringing a bit of fun into my lessons to keep my students engaged!

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