On Valentine's Day, as on most other in-school holidays, excited students can create a classroom atmosphere that wreaks havoc with the learning process. Don't fight it! Join in the spirit -- with activities that celebrate the day without sacrificing instruction.
It's Valentine's Day, and your high-spirited students are more concerned with how many cards they've received -- and from whom -- than with the number of elements in the periodic table or with memorizing multiplication tables. Have a heart! Help them celebrate the day with these "heart-y" activities.
Need a "quick-tivity?" Ask your students to think of as many compound words containing the word heart that they can.
A brief description of each activity appears below. Click any headline for a complete teaching resource!
Circulatory System Travel Brochures
Students create brochures describing a trip through the human circulatory system. (Grades 6-12)
Build an Oxygen Plant
Students create models of an oxygen-delivery system and relate it to the function of the human circulatory system. (Grades 6-12)
Students make Valentine mobiles. (Grades K-5)
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)
Run the Circulatory System Relay
Students participate in a relay race through the circulatory system. (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: An Online Exploration
The Franklin Museum Online provides this tour of the human heart.
Collection of Murmurs, Defects and Others
Sounds of healthy and abnormal heartbeats. [archived copy]