10 Conversation Heart Activities Your Students Will Love!

Want to make your Valentine's Day fun AND educational for your students? Here are 10 hands-on activities using conversation hearts your students will LOVE! Includes activities for math, science, language arts, and more! 

This Valentine's Conversation Hearts Activity Pack contains 10 fun, educational, and hands-on activities for Valentine's Day. I have included activities for ELA and STEM as well as some fun games as well. These printables are all ready to print and use in your classroom, just add conversation hearts! 

(I feel bad that I didn't have these ready for the TPT sale, so they will be ON SALE in my store all day on Saturday!) 


Here's a peek at what's inside:












(Please note: The science experiment, Dancing Hearts, does require clear soda and a cup/jar.)


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TPT BE MINE

TPT has announced their sale and we are so excited!! After a long and cold winter, this sale is just the thing to help brighten our day and lift our spirits. I can't wait to go to my wishlist and purchase all of the items I've been needing! There's just something about shopping that makes you feel better, am I right?!





Here are some of our best-selling units for the end of the year!! Now is the best time to stock up on the resources you need to get you through the next few months!


   
     

     

        

   




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Don't forget to use the promo code LOVETPT at checkout!
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Natalie's New Adventures

Hey friends! I thought I'd share a little something from my heart today and post a little update about what's new with me. 


I'll start at the beginning...


Teaching is my passion and I believe that I was born to be a teacher. I taught 5th grade for 7 years and loved every second. However, when my second child came along, it became too difficult to teach full-time, so I found a half-time position at another school where I could job share. I did that for 3 years and absolutely loved it. However, after my 3rd child came along, I started feeling like I was being pulled in too many directions. 


(My 3 cuties!)

Fast forward a little bit and this summer I had a moment where I realized I couldn't be a good teacher and a good mom anymore. There were a lot of factors that lead to this decision, but the final  decision was made when I went to sign my daughter up for preschool and realized I had no way of dropping her off or picking her up from school. I had to do a lot of soul searching to figure out what was best for me and my family, but in the end, I came to the conclusion that I just needed to take a break from teaching. It was a happy moment as a mom because I could finally be at home with my kids, but I was also very sad because I was giving up something that I loved very much.


(The day I signed my resignation papers, I just cried and cried. It was so hard to make it official!)


(The day I finished packing up my room. So many emotions: sad, happy, scared and excited all in one.)

Now I'm half way through this school year and I am loving being home. I thought I'd have a lot of extra time on my hands to blog and work on TPT, but it turns out that being a stay at home mom all day is a lot harder than you think. (Seriously, it's so much busier than I ever imagined. Ha!) I still really miss teaching and having that special relationship with a class full of students, but I love knowing that I'm helping my own kids learn and grow at home. 

Do I miss it? 

Yes!! So much!! But I know I'll go back to teaching some day, and right now I'm in the place I need to be. 


So, besides being a mom, what else is new?



My daughter and I are doing a neighborhood co-op preschool 2 days each week. I only have to teach a few days each month and love that I still have the opportunity to teach! 

(I converted our extra bedroom downstairs into an office/preschool room. This is my happy place and I absolutely love having this space!)

(I found this awesome table on Amazon.)

I joined PTA and School Community Council. I wanted a way to volunteer and feel involved at my son's school. I'm also a room mom for my son's 1st grade class. It's a lot of fun planning parties for the kids in his class!

I started a little social media business, where I do VA (virtual assistant) work for a few of my blogger friends. It's a fun way for me to bring in a little extra income to make up for not teaching anymore.

Recently I was asked to be the leader (Primary President) of my church youth group. I am now in charge of approximately 100 kids and 20 teachers every Sunday. It's been a big job, but also a lot of fun to spend so much time with the kids in my church. 

Even though I'm not teaching, I am definitely staying very busy as you can see. I'm excited to share some more of my ideas with you as I create resources for preschool and continue to update my TeachersPayTeachers store


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February is FUN! {Valentine's, President's, and 100's Day}


February is busy, busy, busy!

First off, Valentine's Day!


1st grader: Why do we have Valentine's Day?

Me: Um.... to show we love each other.

1st grader: Ok! Cool!

Me: *walks to computer to Google it*
And that's how this mini-unit was born! Without getting too religious, I teach my students about the Legend of St. Valentine and they love it! It's a fun, interactive mini-unit that can take a week or one day! It's whatever you want it to be. I made it a few years ago but updated it today!


If you like the format of my Martin Luther King mini-unit, you will enjoy this one! This mini-unit is a great way to teach your students why we celebrate Valentine's Day (without being too religious). 





Tree Map
Was, Had, Wanted Graphic Organizer
Describe St. Valentine
Describe Valentine's Day
The Legend of St. Valentine Class Book
The Legend of St. Valentine Student Mini-Book
Informational Writing
Heart-Shaped Valentine Fact Booklet
Vocabulary cards 
Vocabulary game
ABC Order 
Word Search

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And then President's Day and U.S. Symbols!

I've updated this huge pack this week! I've added President Trump, updated clipart, fonts, and added REAL pictures of monuments, Presidents, and symbols! Hope this helps you teach your little ones all about our amazing country.

We'll be learning all about Washington, Lincoln and Obama, and President Trump!  This is by far one of my favorite thematic units to teach! We will also learn about 10 of the most famous U.S. Symbols and we'll it all while integrating social studies with reading, writing, and math.





President's Day and U.S. Symbols Unit

*UPDATED January 20th, 2017 

(Now includes President Trump)
This President's Day and U.S. Symbols unit is a great unit to celebrate America {available in color and black/white}!  
This unit includes:

*President Lincoln Poster

*President Washington Poster
*President Obama Poster 
*President Trump Poster
*Tree Map
*Graphic Organizers
*President Application
*President Picture {___ for President}
*If I Were the President Writing
*Dear President Trump
*U.S. Symbols book {includes 10 U.S. Symbols}
*U.S. Symbols Student Book
*Asking/Telling Literacy Center
*Hot Seat Vocabulary Game
*The Presidential Race {Graphing Math Center}
*Count Them Up! {Money Math Center}
*Class President {Tallying Math Center}
*Abe's Hat {Could be used as a writing center or whole group}
*President Washington Craft and Writing Activity
*President Lincoln Craft and Writing Activity
*President's Day Word Search




There's lots in this unit! So click [here] to check it out! 


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One of my favorite days of the year! The 100th day of school! I don't know what teacher thought "You know what would be fun? If we made the 100th day of school a big deal?" Well whoever you are, teacher out there, I SALUTE YOU! I love 100's day!

This 100's Day Book is perfect for your 100's day! 


Need something simple, fun, and engaging for your K-2 kiddos on 100's day? With just a click, print  and a staple in the left corner?! You've got it here in this 100's Day Book

It's simple enough students can work on it on their own, but also tied to the curriculum (reading, writing, and math). You can work on one or two pages each day, not even make it into a book (use the pages individually) or you can use the whole book on the 100th day! It's up to you! 
The book can be up to 19 pages (including the cover).

I've differentiated many of the pages as well. There is a kinder version, 1st grade version and 2nd grade version!


Click the picture below:




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