Valentine's Day will be here in just a few days. Visit the Library of Congress' America's Story website to learn some facts about the origins of this sweethearts' celebration. While you're there, check out some V-Day primary documents such as Thomas Edison's 1900 film, "The Kiss" or a 1940s Valentine store window photograph.
Then click your way to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History blog to see examples of Valentine notes and telegrams from the early 1900s.
Use students' enthusiasm about Valentine's Day to get them reading by creating a display of books about love and friendship.
After all that learning, it will be time for some sweets. For an easy and impressive treat that children can help prepare, smoosh slice-and-bake chocolate chip cookie dough around store-bought sandwich cookies and bake in muffin tins according to cookie dough instructions.