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Valentines Day

Valentine's Day falls on February 14 every


year. Red and pink hearts decorate
classrooms. Children make or buy cards to
give to their friends. Adults often buy cards
for the people they love. Friends may give
gifts of candy, chocolate, flowers, or jewelry.
The cards given on Valentine's Day are
called "Valentines." Valentines often have
poems written on them. One common poem
is ...
Roses are red;
Violets are blue;
Sugar is sweet,
And so are you.
Valentine's Day is not a legal holiday.
Children go to school on Valentines Day.
Moms and dads go to work. Mail is
delivered. But Valentine's Day is still a very
special day. Valentine's Day is a good time
to tell someone "I'm glad you're my friend,"
or "I love you."
Read and answer.
1. When is Valentine's Day?
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2. Who do children give cards to?
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3. What kinds of gifts may be given on
Valentine's Day?
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The Story of St. Valentine


St. Valentine was a Christian priest
who lived in 270 A.D. At that time, the
Roman government controlled much
of the world.
The Roman government needed many
soldiers to protect its lands. Emperor
Claudius II decided that married men
did not make good soldiers because
they wanted to stay at home with
their wives and children. He made a
very strange law that said young men
were not allowed to marry. He also
said that any priest who married a
young couple would be put to death.
A priest named Valentine disobeyed
the Emperor. He secretly married
many young couples. When the
Emperor found out, he had Valentine
imprisoned.
Valentine was beheaded for his
disobedience on February)14. Since
Valentine had helped lovers, the day
he died became a day for people to
express love for others.
Reading Comprehension/ Valentines
Day
Read and answer.
1. When did St. Valentine live?
2. Why did the Roman government
need many soldiers?
3. What strange law did the Emperor
make?

4. What are the cards given for


Valentine's Day called?
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5. Why is Valentine's Day a special day?
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4. How did St. Valentine break the


law?
5. What do people do on the day of
his death?
6. List three adjectives that you would
use to describe St. Valentine.
7. St. Valentine chose to disobey what
he believed to be a bad law. Do you

agree or disagree with his choice? Why or


why not?

BE MY VALENTINE!
February 14th is Valentines Day. Valentines
Day is a day for romance and love. It is also
a day for fun!
You see a lot of romantic symbols on
Valentines Day. Some romantic symbols you
may see include roses (because roses are
thought to be a romantic flower), Cupid (a
little boy who can make people fall in love
with his special bow and arrow), and hearts.
Hearts are probably the most common
Valentines Day symbol. People make
pictures in the shape of a heart. People buy
candles and balloons and many other things
in the shape of a heart. You can even find
candy in the shape of a heart!
On Valentines Day, people give cards and
presents to each other. The cards are called
valentines. Some people buy the cards.
Other people make the cards. The presents
might be something small and sweet or
something big and dramatic. Some people
get engaged (promise to marry each other)
on Valentines Day.
Some schools have valentine parties. The
students give each other valentines. They
eat heart-shaped candy.
Reading Comprehension/ Valentines Day
ANSWER
THE
QUESTIONS
ABOUT
VALENTINES DAY:
1. Valentines Day is in the month of ______.
a. April
b. May
c. February
d. December
2. Valentines Day is a _______ day.
a. lovely and lonely
b. romantic and playful
c. patriotic
d. none of the above
3. What are some things that are heartshaped?
a. candy
b. cards
c. pictures
d. all of these
4. What are some symbols of Valentines
Day?

a. Cupid, roses, and hearts


b. eggs, bacon, and roses
c. candy, roses, and livers
d. none of the above

5. What do many people do


Valentines Day?
a. They give presents and cards.
b. They have heart problems.
c. They eat candy canes.
d. They look for eggs.

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Answers to Valentines Day (elementary)


1. c
2. b
3. d
4. a
5. a

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