You can make Valentine’s Day fun and educational at the same time! Take a break from your regularly scheduled programming, and try one of these unit studies.
To plan for your unit study, simply scan through the lessons and choose the ones you want for your students. Make sure you print the coordinating printables. Gather supplies around your house or add them to your shopping list. Then you are ready!
Literature Based Unit Studies & Lapbooks
Chocolate Unit Study and Printables from Homeschool Share
Seriously? Chocolate? Yes. You can study anything, and the topic of chocolate provides lots of lessons: rain forest, process of making chocolate, all kinds of math fun (graphing, fractions, and more!), creative writing and thinking, nutrition, and cooking. Maybe your homeschool needs something fresh and exciting? This could be your free ticket to entice your kids to come running for school.
Cranberry Valentine Unit Study and Printables from Homeschool Share
Cupids, ribbons, roses–we all know the Valentine’s Day symbols, but what do they mean? Find out with this great literature based unit study! This unit also provides lessons on the post office, letter writing, holidays, ratio, the human heart, blushing (why do we blush?), and cross hatching (art). Don’t forget to finish out your unit by making the cranberry upside-down cake; the recipe is provided at the end of the book.
Frog Went A-Courtin’ Unit Study and Printables from Homeschool Share
This classic book is based on an old folk song and has been crowned with a Caldecott for its superb illustrations. The unit study we have for this title is packed full of great lessons: Scotland, France, Appalachia, animal classification, frogs, ballads, repetition, apostrophes, pronouns, similes, story sequencing, song writing, monochromatic art, caricature, details and art, and more! Lots of great printables accompany the lesson.
The Valentine Bears Unit Study and Printables from Homeschool Share
Such a sweet story by Eve Bunting. Mr. and Mrs. Bear usually sleep through Valentine’s Day, but not this year. Learn more about St. Valentine, insects (especially ants), make your own “chocolate covered ants,” write a poem like Mrs. Bear, make a list, discuss ways to love others, memorize John 4:7-8, think up some synonyms, and play with rhyming words, too. My oldest son loved this unit study when he was in early elementary.
The Valentine Cat Unit Study and Printables from Homeschool Share
A long fairy tale in picture book form, this study is suitable for 3rd-4th graders. This unit includes so many lessons; you will have to click the link to see them all! Lots of various topics of study are included: antonyms, prepositions, fairy tales, types of sentences, compound words, the human heart, fire, pet care, cats, polygons, Denmark, Medieval times, Medieval jobs, and even Medieval punishments. Don’t miss this one!
Thematic Unit Studies
History of St. Valentine and Valentine Symbols Unit Study from Free Homeschool Deals
Learn the history of St. Valentine along with the meaning behind Valentine symbols with this unit. Unit includes lessons on history, geography, language, science, and more. Printables are provided for activities such as crossword puzzles, dot-to-dot pages, and color by number.
Love Your Neighbor Unit from Proverbial Homemaker
This unit focuses on how to love others. It includes a devotional, scripture cards, a way to bless your neighbors, and copywork. If you can’t afford to spend an entire week on a unit study, you could get this one done in a day.
Unit Study Helps
Here are a few bonus finds to help you with your study. You could use the notebooking pages for an older student who is completing research independently.
Looking for more Valentine’s Day fun? Try our Valentine’s Day Pinterest board
Are you going to include some Valentine’s Day fun into your school lessons this year? We would love to hear about it!