Valentine’s Day is approaching, so I thought another “The Best…” list might be in order.
So here are my choices for The Best Sites To Learn About Valentine’s Day (that are accessible to English Language Learners, of course). They’re not in any order of preference, though:
Ello has a nice listening game about Valentine’s Day Gift Hints.
MES Games has a nice activity to develop Valentine’s Day vocabulary.
Valentine’s Day Around The World is the title of several listening exercises from ELLO.
Make A Valentine with Starfall.
Check-out the History Channel’s Valentine’s Day site.
Many Things has a series of vocabulary activities for Valentine’s Day words. Go to the menu and choose any of several interactive ways students can learn the words.
Here’s a cloze (gap-fill) on the history of Valentine’s Day from Isabel Perez.
Here’s another cloze from Learn English Feel Good.
Here’s an interactive graphic about Valentine’s Day from the Orange County Register.
EL Civics has a good Valentine’s Day Lesson for ESL Students.
Take a Valentine’s Day quiz.
Lanternfish has a number Valentine’s Day handouts.
Students can send several different types of Valentine’s Day eCards (all three of these sites will provide a url to the card that can be linked to a student or teacher website):
* An eCard from the Virtual Museum of Canada.
* A card from Blue Mountain.
The National Wildlife Federation has quite a collection of free Valentine’s Day E-Cards you can send. Students can send them and get the url address of what they’ve composed. The card appears to be hosted on the Federation’s server indefinitely, so the url can be posted on a student or teacher website or blog.
MSNBC has an intriguing article about the worst gifts to give on Valentine’s Day. The language will be difficult for English Language Learners, but teachers could simplify it. It also includes a poll in simple English where students could vote (of course, you could also just take one in your class).
MSNBC also has an article on “business” of Valentine’s Day. Again, the language would be challenging, but the topic could be engaging. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer has a much more accessible graphic on the same subject.
Reader Linda Denker suggested a good free “talking story” from Mighty Book called Punny Valentine. As Linda points out, it’s particularly cute because of its use of old Valentines Day cards. The only caveat, however, is that all the puns in the story might make it quite difficult for English Language Learners.
Love Ever After is a slideshow from TIME Magazine where couples who have been married fifty years share their secrets for making love last.
Green Love By Numbers is a British-oriented interactive from the Guardian newspaper. It has excellent information about the effect of Valentine’s Day activities on the environment. However, all the figures are in UK money and metric units, which might not make sense to ELL’s in the United States.
Love Around The World is a great slideshow from MSNBC showing examples of…love around the world.
The Wall Street Journal has a video news report about a lonely penguin in the London Zoo — the only one without a partner — and all the Valentine’s Day cards she is receiving.
MSNBC has an online video on Hindu protests in India against Valentine’s Day.
Here’s a Valentine’s Day slideshow from ABC News.
ABC News also has an article about how most candies given in the U.S. for Valentine’s Day are made in Mexico. It’s probably not very accessible to ELL’s, but a teacher could modify it or an excerpt.
Here’s a video on the history of Hershey’s chocolate kisses.
CBBC Newsround has a very accessible description and history of Valentine’s Day.
St. Valentine’s Day is a series of interactive exercises for English Language Learners.
My Valentine’s Day Minibook is a nice downloadable resource from Frenchfrog’s Little English Pond.
Breaking News English has several St. Valentine’s Day activities.
ESL Holiday Lessons also has tons of info and exercises.
When Love Is In The Year is a neat little interactive from the Tampa Bay newspaper.
Love and Romance Through The Ages is from the Virtual Museum of Canada.
How Valentine’s Day Helps the Economy shares some interesting information.
Valentine’s Day: send a miniature card via the World’s Smallest Postal Service is a neat slideshow from The Telegraph.
Valentine’s Day Across the Curriculum is from The New York Times Learning Network and has a lot of good lesson ideas.
Are You A Green Valentine? is a very good interactive from Planet Green.
Here’s a slideshow from TIME called Valentine’s Day Comes To First Grade.
Hearts in nature: naturally occurring and man-made heart shapes photographed from the air is the title of a slideshow from The Telegraph.
Here’s an infographic titled Flower Power: A Look At February’s Booming Floral Economy.
Watch a video about a Minnesota farmer who made a half-mile wide heart for his wife – he used manure to create it.
The Magpie Moments blog has a very nice downloadable activity for English Language Learners. In addition, Anna describes the process she used to produce it, which she adapted from Jason Renshaw.
Do Valentine’s day the green way – interactive is from the Guardian.
Valentine’s Day Spending is another infographic.
ESOL Courses has a fantastic set of activities.
Valentine’s Day in Asia is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.
Valentine’s Day around the world in pictures is a slideshow from The Telegraph.
Top Ten Memorable Kisses is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.
Valentine’s Day Across the Curriculum comes from the NY Times Learning Network.
The Facts of Love is an interesting infographic.
The Cost of Love is another infographic.
The LA Times has tons of Valentine’s Day photos.
Valentine’s Day Around The World is a series of photos from The Sacramento Bee.
The Atlantic has a great series of pictures.
A Scandalous, Victorian Valentine’s Day comes from NPR.
Valentine’s Day 2012 Spending, By the Numbers is from TIME.
Here are two CNN videos:
You can’t miss this Valentine’s Medley:
The best love poems: writers choose their favourites – interactive is from The Guardian.
Uzbekistan ‘cancels Valentines Day’ is from the BBC.
Valentine’s Day from days gone by – in pictures is from The Guardian.
Valentine’s Day ‘wedding’ for ram and deer at China zoo is from The BBC.
Valentine’s Day kisses continue odd human tradition is also from MSNBC.
Here’s a Google Doodle for Valentine’s Day:
Valentine’s Day 2012 is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
The Sacramento Bee has a similar photo gallery.
Five Countries Where Valentine’s Day Is Banned is from Foreign Policy.
Valentine’s Day, love and money is from The Los Angeles Times.
This video says “I Love You” in 100 languages:
Animal love: Valentine’s day lovebirds in displays of affection is from The Telegraph.
The Dark Origins Of Valentine’s Day is from NPR.
The Las Vegas Sun newspaper lets you pick from a variety of clean (and cute) images that you can choose to email to a friend for Valentine’s Day. You get to write a short message, and you’re also give the url address of your creation.
The Creative Language Class blog shares some useful ideas.
Here are three new infographics. The first one, results from a supposed survey of ELLs, I think has questionable statistics, but provides a great opportunity for an ELL class discussion about the results:
The Washington Post has published two graphics I’m adding to The Best Sites To Learn About Valentine’s Day:
Hundreds of couples leave ‘love locks’ across London ahead of Valentine’s Day is an article from The Telegraph. Again, thanks to Michelle Henry.
In Pictures: Valentine’s Day in nature comes from The BBC.
From lonely hearts to electronic dating is an interactive history of matchmaking — from the BBC.
Freaky Ways Animals Woo Mates With Gifts is from Wired.
Hearts in Nature (PHOTOS) is from The Weather Channel.
Valentine’s Day 2013 is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
I Love You in 130 Languages is an infographic.
Additional suggestions are welcome.