February is a month filled with holidays. Besides Valentine’s Day, there is Groundhog Day, President’s Day, National Freedom Day and more. Use these holidays to teach kids lessons about history, math and language arts. These February lesson plan ideas are designed for elementary school.
Give each student a box of candy hearts. Students must sort each candy by color. Then, they need to graph the amount of each color. Students should include a key. Best graphs for this type of activity are pictographs or bar graphs. Afterwards, use the candy hearts to play a game of bingo.
Discuss the Groundhog’s Day Legend with students. What is groundhog’s day and why do we celebrate it? Then read to students the book Groundhog Day! by Gail Gibbons. This cute book discusses the reason for the day along with the groundhog’s diet, habitat, burrows and more. At the end, students can write a short paragraph about the groundhog or Groundhog’s Day. Find writing paper, a song and coloring page to go along with this lesson at abcteach.com.
Have students write a letter to the President of the United States. In the letter, students should ask three to five questions. In addition, they should list at least one praise and one concern. Since this is a formal letter it should include a formal signature such as sincerely. If letters are serious and appropriate, they can be sent off to the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 or send the letters online at whitehouse.gov/contact. For three more in depth President’s Day lessons, click here.
National Freedom Day
National Freedom Day is on February 1, 2011. The holiday observes the time when Abraham Lincoln outlawed slavery by proposing the 13th amendment. Students can make hand wreaths to commemorate this day. Simply have students trace their hands and then cut them out. On each hand, students should write about a freedom they have that others may not be so lucky to have. For instance, in the United States we have freedom of religion or freedom of speech. Students can glue the hands together and then decorate their wreaths.
Chinese New Year
Students can make Chinese Character Posters. Give students a big piece of construction paper and copies of Chinese character cards. Students can put a character on the page along with a picture that illustrates the character. Find Chinese character cards at activityvillage.co.uk.