Celebrate Valentine’s Day in your classroom with stations! I love doing stations in my Spanish classroom! They are a great way to provide choice and allow students to learn in a small group setting. Especially for a holiday or celebration like Valentine’s Day when you have so many activities to choose from, doing stations is a great opportunity to include more than one activity! This post will include several options for station ideas and crafts you could include in your secondary Spanish classroom. Here are some great Valentine’s Day Activities for Spanish class!
Watch the Video
There are tons of Spanish songs about love and romance that you could use for listening activities. You can movie talk them, build a whole unit off of the video, or do any listening activity you’d like. Looking for a great playlist or great options for music? Check out Spanish Mama’s post here!
Another fun activity for listening is to have a little fun with some “pick up lines”. Cheesy, silly, and great for novices, students listen to recorded “pickup lines” in Spanish and try and complete the sentences. You can play the listening file for your students, or you can give them the link and allow them to work individually- up to you! Click here to see more about this resource.
I mentioned movie talks earlier with music videos, but you can also use any short films or commercials and students will get a ton of listening practice. Check out this round up of shorts you could use here!
This conversation heart matching game is a great, simple reading activity for novice students! Use Spanish to English pairs or Q&A pairs for students to practice their reading skills in this print and go station!
A word search is also a great option for novice students to read and practice! I love them because it has a sneaky focus on spelling in a relaxed, low-stress way.
If you’re looking for a fun novel to read with your students or to add to your FVR library with some romance to them, you should check out La Clase de Confesiones and its sequel by A.C. Quintero! My students loved them both and found them very relatable! They may also love ¡Papacito! by Craig Klein Dexemple. My students always love all of his books and think they’re very funny.
It wouldn’t be a list of Valentine’s Day Activities for Spanish class without some cute cards! This is one of the easiest station options for students. Give them the list of phrases to help them get started, some markers, and some paper, then watch them be creative! I like to give them some of the pre-made ones to just color as an option as well. They’re fun to exchange, or hang on lockers for their friends!
Another fun writing activity for novices is to create a “personal profile” about themselves! It’s set up similar to a social media profile, and I give them some ideas for what to include about themselves. Perfect for level one students to review likes/dislikes, and descriptions! Click here to check it out!
The final writing activity I have for you is actually the perfect sub plan in the month of February and it is so fun. Have you ever done Roll a Story before? Here’s how it works! Students get a hand out and a die. They roll the die to find out key elements of their story, then they fill in the missing details with their creativity! There are printable support pages for reference, and I build in some “extra” vocab options by allowing them to look up a limited number of words for their stories in case their creativity takes them wandering outside of their vocab range. There’s some great extension options with this, too!
Last but not least – speaking!
This isn’t something I put in a TON of with my novices, but I do start to trickle it in at this point of the year. A great option is to do conversation cards or human bingo – I love them both! These focus on simple, novice friendly language using high frequency verbs like gustar, querer, and tener. Convo cards are easy for stations – just put the pile in the middle of the group, and students take turns drawing and answering! For the human bingo/find someone who game, they just walk around and ask someone the questions and when they find someone who says yes, they record their names and then move onto the next person!
Valentine’s Day Activities for Spanish Class
There are TONS of options for stations! If you’re feeling overwhelmed, or would like a print and go option to save you time, check out my stations for Valentine’s Day! I have 7 different resources that include a variety of modes and hands-on options for your novice students.