ESL and ELD students always appreciate learning vocabulary that they can see and use right away. They will see these Valentine’s Day vocabulary words throughout the community, at stores, in advertisements, and on holiday cards.
Not all of these vocabulary words need to be assigned for memorization at once, but having them all on one page provides a good reference for your students to keep in their notebooks.
Words and Phrases
bow and arrow
box of chocolates
fall in love
love at first sight
Saint Valentine, St. Valentine
table for two
Valentine’s Day Phrases
Will you marry me?
Will you be my valentine?
Will you be mine?
Would you like to go out with me?
I love you!
I have fallen in love with you.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
To a special friend:
To a special person:
Give your students opportunities to use these Valentine’s vocabulary words throughout the season in their writing assignments, conversation practice, and in exercises like the following:
Sort the Valentines vocabulary words into categories such as: things to write on a Valentine, words that describe relationships, Valentine’s Day gifts, and other categories you or your students think of.
Fill In the Blank
As a vocabulary practice activity, write sentences that are missing a word and let your students use their list to determine what word best fills in the blank. Sample sentences using fall vocabulary include:
This is my ____; we are getting married on Valentine’s Day.
I gave a Valentine’s Day card to my ____.
Valentine’s Day is the most ____ day of the year.
Cloze paragraphs are paragraphs with words and phrases missing that students fill in on their own. An example of a cloze paragraph using fall vocabulary is:
Valentine’s Day is celebrated on ____ fourteenth. Many people exchange ____ and ____ on this day. Men will often give bouquets of ___ to the women they love on this day.
Writing Assignments and Journal Activities
Give your students plenty of practice using their new words in the journals and other writing assignments. Some journal topics for fall vocabulary include:
What is your favorite part of Valentine’s Day? Why?
What is your least favorite part of Valentine’s Day? Why?
What are you planning to do on Valentine’s Day?
Do you agree that Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year?
Crossword puzzles, word scrambles, and word searches are great practice. All of these games can be made online at DiscoverySchool.com by using their Puzzle Maker application.
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