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Second Grade: Valentine Cards

Posted on: February 11, 2010

Note: Photos will not accompany this lesson plan, due to the fact that some jerk stole my camera as I was working on a display in the public library today.  Sorry.

Creative Reuse Lesson Plan         Second grade: Letter Writing

Written by Keri Piehl for SCRAP /Whitman ES 2009-10

Valentine Cards

Cost per student: $.07

Materials: Scissors, glue sticks, white glue, hole punches. Everything is red, white, pink, and purple or a variation thereof: paper, paper scraps, cut paper hearts, ribbon, lace and yarn scraps, glitter, glitter glue, foam pieces, markers, tracing templates, fabric, colored pencils, pens, stickers, etc.

Students will create Valentine cards in the tradition of the mid 19th century Valentine celebration – personalized, handmade and detailed.

Elements of art: shape, color, texture, value

Vocabulary: Valentine, card

  1. I used the old school store cart to organize all the various materials into trays and boxes. You could obviously just organize it in lids etc. on a table top but this made it portable for me to visit multiple classes in one week. When I wheeled it in to the classroom, I asked the kids what the colors of the items reminded them of; they were quick to reply Valentine’s Day! We talked a little about the tradition of sending cards to friends and loved ones, and I mentioned that a century ago, it was the tradition to make a fancy Valentine or two instead of buying them from a store.
  2. Go over the different materials available and give some tips on the correct use of items like the hole punches, tracing templates, glitter (glitter goes on last!) etc. I spread out the materials and had different kids get up to begin choosing their items. Kids could use as many items as they needed as long as they were using them correctly and not just collecting for collecting’s sake.
  3. I told kids they could make 1 or 2 special Valentines; this helped them to slow down and really work on a few special cards instead of rushing through just to try out all of the materials. If they chose to apply white glue, then glitter, I had them put their Valentine out in the hall to dry; otherwise they could take it home right away.

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