Sunday, February 10, 2019

Valentine's Activities You Can Do

My job has many different components - which I thoroughly enjoy - and the top two pieces to my job is when I get to work directly with teachers and when I get to work directly with students. I have been fortunate enough to be working with one group students regularly for 2 years now. 

Most of the time, I've got a targeted lesson to tie into something they are working on in class or something their teacher has asked we work on ... but I surprised them Friday with a Valentine's Day themed selection of activities.

These students know Google Slides. They have been working with Slides since 2nd grade, so that's nothing new. However, I published this slidedeck to the web, so they got to see it in a different light. (At first they didn't even recognize it as Slides.) I used the Jourdain presentation template from Slides Carnival and they "oohed & aahed" over it. Since it's "choice activities", I explained they had 6 different activities to choose from and they were free to switch at any time. Then I stepped back and let them explore. link for Valentine's Choice Activities

Looking for a link to make a copy of the choice board? Here you go: Valentine Choice Activities template

💖 Valentine's themed hangman game using's template

💖 Chrome Music Lab to create music

💖 Make your own Valentine's Magnetic poetry in Google Drawing (thanks, Eric Curts!)

💖 Valentine's Day Breakout using's template

💖 Valentine's word search - 2 levels - in Google Slides

💖 create your own Word Cloud with

These kinds of activities are fun, holiday themed tech activities and I try to provide a variety of activities to allow students to explore things they may not otherwise get to see. To my surprise, this group focused on 2 activities - the Music Lab and the Breakout! There was some good music happening and a group of students worked together to "breakout". When the classroom teacher saw how many were drawn to the Music Lab, she went across the hall and grabbed the music teacher to join us for a few minutes and I learned who Kandinsky was!

With Valentine's Day this week, feel free to use this with your kiddos, too! Feel free to share the link with them and step back to see where their creativity takes them.

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  1. Hello! This is fantastic; thank you for sharing! I can view all the slides and complete the activities, but when I share this with students they get an error message stating that they need permission to access this published document and may need to sign in as a different user. This may be an issue with our student setting in GSuite, but I thought I'd check with you to see if anyone else had the same issue. Thanks!

    1. Melissa, I've not heard from anyone - I double checked the settings and I've shared the publish to the web link so it "should" be accessible to your students. Are you posting the link in Google Classroom? If you have/use the Chrome extension "Share to Classroom" when you have it up on your screen, you could push their computers directly to it (hopefully)! You could also try having them go directly to the link. I hope it works out!

  2. We cannot find the correct answer to lock #6 Which asks about how many years ago the first Valentine was sent. There is no hint and we aren't sure what year you used, but estimates are not working.

    1. I added in a link to a site ... also, I have the word "years" after the number. I tried both ways, and it has to have the word "years" in the answer. Sorry for any stress! Enjoy!