Valentine's Day Lesson Plan for ESL Students

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

In this lesson plan, ESL students will explore Valentine's Day vocabulary words, listen to examples of love letters and create their own valentine to the person of their choice.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Use accurate vocabulary to describe Valentine's Day
  • Identify examples of Valentine's letters
  • Create a Valentine using accurate vocabulary


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.3

Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.6

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation).


  • Love
  • Heart
  • Cupid
  • Valentine
  • February
  • Roses
  • Chocolate
  • Friend
  • Family
  • Boyfriend
  • Girlfriend
  • Marriage


  • A paper displaying images that depict the vocabulary terms (four to five copies)
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Red and pink construction paper cut into large hearts (one per student)
  • Examples of love letters

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