A Week of Celebrations - Valentine's, 100th Day of School, & Black History Month

Whew! What a week! It was chalked-full of celebrations, that's for sure! We had Valentines Day, 100th Day, and our Multicultural Celebration!

Here's a five-point review of my week:
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1. Valentine's Day:
To see a full review of our day, check out this post: Valentine's Day Activity Ideas
I wanted to highlight a couple of fun activities we did:
"Our Classmates Have A Lot of HEART" - the students interviewed a poem and then wrote a cinquain poem about that person.



 


2. "Love is..." 

What is love? 
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.

In today's society, it is very hard for students to define as it has too often been de-valued on television, in movies, and on the internet. The true characteristics of love need to be revisited and what better time to do it than Valentine's Day?

In our classroom, we discussed the word love and made an anchor chart, differentiating what the world says it is vs. what we know true love to be. And by true love, we clarified that we didn't necessarily mean mushy-gushy feelings (insert squeals and groans here), but pure love, love that lasts, God's love.
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.

After going on a Love Scavenger Hunt, the students thought about how they could share God's love with the world. We brainstormed ideas and created this fun display:
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
To get more information on this print-and-go Christian unit, read this blog post.
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.


3. Black History: "They Had a Heart for Justice"

Because February is Black History month, we've been spending a great deal of time focused on noteworthy African Americans. We studied Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Booker T. Washington, Harriet Tubman, and Jackie Robinson.

In studying them, we completed my "They Had a Heart for Justice" activity in which the students read short biographies and then compare/contrast details of their lives in a heart-shaped Venn-diagram.


Packet includes:

*5 short biographies of note-worthy African Americans and the legacy they left
*a note chart for students to use while reading
*a Venn diagram (heart-shaped) in which the student chooses to compare and contrast two African Americans
*Writing paper for the final compare-contrast essay








Check out the packet in my TPT store here: Black History Month Biographies
Want to try it out before you purchase the unit?


4. 100th Day
Yesterday was the 100th day of school, but because of our Valentine's Day celebrations, we celebrated today instead. The students had a BLAST doing lots of different 100 activities. I will do a complete blog post tomorrow on all of activities that we did to celebrate, but I did want to share one thing we did: "100 Days Smarter"

Each student wrote three facts they've learned since September. 
Then we connected all of the facts in a paper chain and displayed 100 facts (actually 5 chains of 20), showing that we're now "100 Days Smarter"


Looking for more 100th Day fun? Check out this blog post for more ideas and activities to celebrate the 100th day of school:
Looking for some fun 100th day of school activities to use in your elementary classroom? Check out this blog post, chocked full of free, fun, and engaging  ideas to help you celebrate the 100th day of school. Blog post by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey

5. Classroom Signs:
Last but not least, I have a FREEBIE to share with you! This is an 18-page packet of  signs and decor to use in any classroom:
 Here are some samples:


 
  

Aren't they cute?!? Click here to download them for FREE: Classroom Signs
Click here for more freebies!

Well, This girl is pooped! I am off to lounge in pajamas and relax! I'm just giddy at the thought! :)

Leave me some love!

5 comments

  1. Your blog is too cute!! I love it! I'm your newest follower. Thanks for sharing!

    adventuresofroom129.blogspot.com

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing the classroom sign packet--wonderful!! I love the heart Venn Diagram, so cute. I am your newest follwer.
    Christine
    Math Central

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    1. Glad you like the Classroom Signs - they were so fun to make. My kiddos LOVED the heart for justice activity. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. What a great freebie! Thanks for sharing!

    Jess

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