Inside: Free printable Spanish Valentine’s Day cards for the home or classroom.
Looking for printables for Día de San Valentín? Today I’ve got a set of sweet cards for you that are totally free! Just download, print, and go.
These cards are great for personal use or for the classroom. Some are classic Latin-romantic (mi media naranja, para mi amorcito), and some are more generic, for use between friends or between parents a kids (para mi osito, te quiero mucho). I recommend printing on cardstock.
(Looking for a huge list of ideas? Try my post on Valentine’s Day activities for the Spanish classroom.)
Many of you will be using these cards at home (and are already fluent speakers!). If you’re using them in the classroom with Spanish learners, here are a few tips on how to make the most of this activity. (As a new teacher, I often “wasted” a class period on holiday-themed activities. I didn’t understand the importance of input, and would have just hoped some of the new holiday vocab would stick after using it in a card.)
TIPS FOR MAKING CARDS WITH SPANISH LEARNERS:
- Tell a story, or use an #authres to give input on letter-writing phrases.Something like the video Querido Tommy would be just right for spending some time on language used in personal letters. You’ll hear reps of common phrases like querido, carta, te escribo para decirte…. You can also lower the volume or pause to narrate the story that’s shown in the video. Spend plenty of time on this.
- Don’t just hand out the cards and let the students loose. They’ll want to use lots of language they don’t know in Spanish, and you’ll be writing everything on the board or copying things willy-nilly from dictionaries. Instead, brainstorm ways to express some common sentiments using language they know. The day before, perhaps, write a card in Spanish and give it to them as a reading.
- Another idea: use the song video for Robarte un beso. There are four sets of people from each video. Write a card (using language on the level your class needs), from the person in each of the couples in the song, leaving out names. Hand them out as readings, and read individually or as a class. Then, watch the video. Let the students match each card to the couples in the video.
- Most classes won’t be ready to write a full card on their own, or it won’t be useful to their acquisition. Consider providing an outline, or supplying phrases where they only provide a word or two to personalize it. If you used the song Querido Tommy, give “te escribo para decirte que eres ______” as a model, so they only have to supply or two words. Think of simple language like “te quiero porque me ________,” or “Eres muy especial para mi porque eres _________.”
- Another option would be to write the person’s name inside the card, vertically, and write a word for that person that starts with each letter of their name.
- For more advanced classes, provide the lyrics to a song and do blackout poetry. The students use a marker to cover (blackout) the parts they don’t need. The words that are left form the new poem, and this is the text of the card. Just make sure to use something fairly simple!
(I got so excited about using Querido Tommy and Robarte un beso that I created a whole lesson using those to teach letter-writing I created a whole lesson using those to teach letter-writing. See below!!) And while you’re writing your cards, you can use my Valentine’s playlists in the background:
- Valentine’s Day Songs for Spanish Class
- The Great All-Time Love Songs in Spanish
- Sad Spanish Songs: A Break-up Latin List
In case you are a teacher or a parent with kids who like to color, I also have a set for sale (just $1.50!) on Teachers pay Teachers, which you can find below. With those cards, you can color the words and pictures. Hope these help you celebrate Día del amor y la amistad in Spanish!
FREE PRINTABLE SPANISH VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS
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