Valentine's Day Writing Prompts, Ideas, and Activities for 3rd, 4th, adn 5th grade students

11 Valentine’s Day Writing Ideas and Activities

Valentine's Day Writing Prompts, Ideas, and Activities for 3rd, 4th, adn 5th grade students
Celebrate Valentine's Day with your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students while sneaking in some fun writing practice with one of the 11 ideas below. It's a win-win for students and teachers!

1. Write Compliments

What better way to encourage kindness around Valentine's Day than by having students write kind words and compliments to each other? And as an added bonus, this doubles as a Valentine's Day gift!

You can have students write their names on a blank sheet of paper and start writing compliments, or use this no prep compliments book that includes sentence starters that inspire ideas and help students write more meaningful, thoughtful compliments. 

2. Conversation Heart Writing

Give students 4-5 different conversation hearts and have them use those hearts to write a short story or poem! Upon completion of their writing, upper elementary students can eat their inspiration.

3. Write a Valentine's Day Poem

Valentine's Day is a great time of year to introduce your students to poetry writing. Use one of these short forms of poetry, like haiku or cinquains, and provide templates to keep students from becoming overwhelmed.

4. Make A List of Kind Things

Have 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students make a list of kind things they can do for other people. Give them a chance to brainstorm with a partner of small group for more thoughtful ideas. Then, encourage them to do at least one kind thing on their list on Valentine's Day!

5. Person I Admire Essay

Valentine's Day is a great time of year to reflect on the people in our lives who have inspired, encouraged, and loved us. Have students think about someone important to them and write an essay explaining why that person is admirable. Then, students can give the essay as a thoughtful gift!

If you have students who struggle with writing, then this Scaffolded Person I Admire Resource will help guide your students through the process of writing a 5-paragraph essay about someone important to them.

6. An Edible How-To Writing Activity

Food makes everything more fun! As a class, make one of these edible Valentine's Day treats:

Then, have your students write a how-to paper that provides instructions on how to make the edible treat.

7. Valentine's Day Opinion Writing

3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students always need more opinion writing practice. Take advantage of Valentine's Day and give students an opinion writing prompt that will engage them.

Possible Valentine's Day Opinion Writing Prompts:

  • What is the best Valentine's Day candy?
  • Is it better to receive chocolate or flowers for Valentine's Day?
  • Why is kindness important?

Struggling students will find this scaffolded opinion writing resource helpful.

8. Have Students Write a Thank You Note

Valentine's Day is a great time for students to show appreciation to the people investing in their lives.  Students can create their own thank you card, or you can teach them to write a more thoughtful note with this Thank You Note Activity and Template.  

9. Tell Vanessa's Story

I Walk With Vanessa is a wordless book that shows the story of a lonely student that is eventually befriended by others. Share the thoughtful illustrations with your students, and then have them write out what happened.

Find more fun ways to utilize wordless books in your classroom here, or check out these other books that teach kindness and empathy.

I Walk with Vanessa
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10. Valentine's Day Words to Make a Valentine's Day Story

Provide upper elementary students with a list of Valentine's Day-themed words and have them integrate all of the words into their own Valentine's Day story! This is a good way to get a little vocabulary building in as well. You can give students words like:

  • admirer
  • bouquet
  • carnation
  • celebration
  • considerate
  • fond
  • harp
  • poetry
  • tenderhearted

11. Create a Valentine's Day Squiggle Drawing and Story

Squiggle stories are a fun, no prep writing idea that 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students love.

To write a squiggle story, give students a sheet of paper with a random squiggle on it.  They create a Valentine's Day drawing that incorporates that squiggle.  Then, they write a short story based on their drawing.

This no prep resource includes plenty of squiggles and "prompts" to help direct students' writing.  And best of all, it can be used all year, not just for Valentine's Day.

You might also like these ideas for cultivating kindness in your classroom.

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