This video shares some really cool facts about Valentine’s day. It offers some statistics about how many valentines are sent in a year. You could use this practice math. You could have students write out the numbers in different forms, or you could help students visualize how big the numbers are.
Next, the video discusses where Valentine’s Day is celebrated. You could have students find the locations listed on a map and try to figure out if there is a reason why these are the places it is celebrated.
The video briefly discusses the tradition around giving candy and where that comes from. It might be a nice time to give your students a small piece of chocolate, just for fun.
Lastly, the origins of Valentine’s Day are discussed. The video does an excellent job of keeping the historical facts, kid-friendly while still conveying the overall meaning of Valentine’s Day. You could have a class discussion, or writing prompt, after the video. Here are some sample questions:
- What would you do if there was a rule or law stopping you from doing what you thought was right?
- If getting married was illegal, but you were really in love, would you get married anyway?
- Bishop Valentine had to stand up for what he thought was right, can you think of any other time in history this happened (great tie-in for Black History Month)?
- Knowing that February 14th is the day Bishop Valentine was killed for standing up for love and what he believed in, does that change how you think about Valentine’s Day?
- Now that you know where Valentine’s Day comes from, what does this holiday mean to you?
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