Heart-y Creatures

Heart-y Creatures lesson plan

Create whimsical, heart-y creatures for loved ones. Make them as decorations for Valentine’s Day or use them any time to say "Thank You!" to someone special.

  • 1.

    Students find out why Valentine’s Day is celebrated. What are the holiday’s symbols? How is the holiday celebrated today? Here’s one way to make a loving creature made primarily of hearts.

  • 2.

    Use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils to draw various sizes of hearts on paper. Cut them out with Crayola Scissors. Color them and write messages using Crayola Twistables. Add sparkles with Crayola Glitter Glue. Air-dry the hearts flat.

  • 3.

    Twist chenille sticks into a creature shape. Attach the paper hearts to the shape with Crayola School Glue. Add facial features or other interesting characteristics. Air-dry flat before using the Heart-y Creatures as gifts or decorations.

Standards

  • LA: Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts
  • LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
  • LA: Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with pertinent descriptions, facts, details and examples; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • SS: Give examples of and explain group and institutional influences such as religious beliefs, laws, and peer pressure, on people, events, and elements of culture.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

Adaptations

  • Possible classroom resources include: I Love You, Valentine by Cindy Bracken; Valentine's Day Is by Gail Gibbons; Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane deGroat; The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
  • Share a variety of antique Valentine's Day greeting cards and sentiments with students. Challenge students to create an original greeting card for the holiday and compose a greeting for a special someone. Display these in the classroom.
  • This visual art activity can be adapted to other holidays such as St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, etc. A research into the history of each celebration can accompany the visual art adaptation.