Valentine’s Day Activity: What Do Animals Love?

Many students will spend Valentine’s Day handing out cards and candies to their classmates to show their affection. Celebrating kindness and love in the classroom is a great tradition because it’s inclusive of all students and makes everyone feel special. It also fosters empathy in students by encouraging them to think of their peers’ feelings—but will they remember to extend their compassion to other living beings as well?

This Valentine’s Day, you can teach your students that animals deserve our affection, too! This fun literacy activity shows students the many ways in which we’re similar to other sentient beings by highlighting some of the wonderful things that we all love.

Have students read the following passage to themselves or with a partner and then complete the comprehension questions that follow.

Then have students complete this fun activity sheet by finding all the things that animals love and cracking a special secret code.

You can also print some of these adorable valentines for your students, and don’t forget to stock up on plenty of vegan candies for a fully compassionate classroom party.

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