Second Grade Nest: A Few FREE Valentine's Activities

Friday, February 8, 2013

A Few FREE Valentine's Activities

With Daily 5, I have two reading sessions, Read to Self and Read to Someone. 
Here is a picture of my current library in my classroom. 
To the normal teacher and student, this is a lot of books to choose from. (It sure feels like a lot to me after I've spent all the money on them). However, my students are zooming through these books because they read SO much all the time! During Read to Self and Read to Someone, they are average 2-3 books a day, unless they are working through chapter books.

So, my students are somewhat bored with these books. Since September, I've taken a monthly trip to my public library. They will let you check out 50 books each visit, so I am offering 2+ books extra a week for each kiddo.

Check out my February haul.
Here is the full stack.

A few Valentine's books (of course).

Preparing for Career Day focus at our school in March...

My President's Day unit starts next week, so these will fit perfectly.

My students LOVE leveled readers. 

Snow Day Fun

Last Friday and this Monday, I had snow days! This gave me two four day weeks in a row, and while that throws off my lesson plans and messes up my entire schedule,  I sure did love staying in bed to blog and create TPT products! 

I am starting to get together my centers and what not for next Thursday! Can you believe it is already here??




It goes along with the clock game in my centers pack, BUT can be used outside of the centers for a review! 

Also, a huge hit in my classroom are the comprehension packs. My kiddos love using these for homework, morning work, or read to self/someone activities.

Here is a sample story from the pack. It comes with 5. This one is called "Whose Valentine?"

Here is a sample comprehension page from the pack. This one is from the story "A Valentine For My Brother".


Here is a sample writing sheet...
And grab this freebie writing sheet!! It goes along with 'The Valentine's Baker', but you could use it in a general writing setting! 


  1. I totally use the public library! It is such a great resource and can give my library at school a variety!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

  2. My sinuses are going crazy too! It was 8 degrees one day and less than a week later it was 58 degrees. We have a snow day today and I've spent it working on stuff for TpT too!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  3. I love the library, too. One way I've gotten a bunch of cheap and really good books is by hitting up the local Good Will and Salvation Army stores. I've found great books for cheap.

    Extra Special Teaching

  4. I love the library center :) That is awesome you can check out so many books from the public library!

    Literacy Without Worksheets

  5. What a great idea about the library. I never thought about that, thanks for sharing.

    The First Grade Princess

  6. What a great post! I have been using the public library a lot this year because I switched grades and am teaching all new topics. We are also able to order books from the libraries across 4 counties, so I can find just about anything. My problem is getting them back on time before the fines start!


  7. I love using our public library. Too bad we're only allowed 30 books! :) Thanks so much for the freebies!

    The Brown-Bag Teacher