Valentine’s Day Action Game
Celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day in the classroom with our fun action game for English students!
How to do it:
- Clear a big empty space in the middle of the classroom.
- All SS (students) stand in the space.
- Designate three corners of the space: TRUE, FALSE, UNKNOWN. UNKNOWN means that we do not know the answer: it could be true or false, e.g. “Saint Valentine was terrible at maths”.
- T (teacher) or a student reads out a statement from the list below. SS run to the corner which represents their chosen answer: TRUE, FALSE, or UNKNOWN.
- The person reading gives the answer. If SS are correct, they go back to the middle. If they are wrong they have to sit down.
- The game continues, with the group in the middle getting smaller, until there is a winner, or you run out of questions, in which case all the remaining SS are winners.
- If there is a winner after, say, a handful of statements, you could start a new game with the remaining statements.
TIP: you could give a sweet Valentine’s Day treat to the winning student(s)!
- Saint Valentine lived in Rome under Emperor Claudius, who banned young people from getting married.
- He had green eyes.
- In general, teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards.
- He was killed on 18th February 269.
- He had black curly hair.
- He is celebrated on 14th February every year.
- He always had three eggs for breakfast.
- Every year, more than 1 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold in the USA alone.
- He lived in the fourth century AD.
- He enjoyed classical music.
- There are fourteen churches in England dedicated to him.
- He is the Patron Saint of happy marriages – and also beekeepers.
- His favourite colour was red.
- He tried to stop Christian couples getting married in secret.
- He had a housekeeper called Martha.
- He helped persecuted Christians in Rome.
- He performed a miracle when his judge’s foster-daughter was healed of blindness.
- More than 9 million people buy a special gift for their pet to show them they are loved on Valentine’s Day.
- February 14th was officially named as St Valentine’s Day in 1537 by Queen Elizabeth I.
- Valentine’s Day is a special day dedicated to getting married.
- False. He was killed on 14th February 269.
- False. It is more than 36 million boxes.
- False. He lived in the third century AD.
- False. There are no churches in England dedicated to him.
- False. He helped Christian couples to get married in secret.
- False. It was officially named by King Henry VIII.
- False. It is a special day dedicated to love and romance.