February 7, 2016

February Fun - Lessons You'll Love!

February is packed with fun holidays, making it a great time to integrate seasonal activities into your lesson plans. Check out these free lessons and activities for elementary students, including International Friendship Month, Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, and the Chinese New Year! #LauraCandler
February is packed with fun holidays, making it a great time to integrate seasonal activities into your lessons. This year we celebrate the Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day, and Presidents' Day, to name just a few. I'm sure you're aware that it's Black History Month, but I'll bet you didn't know that it's International Friendship Month, too!

I know that every minute counts during the school day, so seasonal activities MUST meet the same standards we apply to all of our lessons. In short, these lessons must actively engage kids and provide opportunities for real learning. It can be challenging for upper elementary teachers to find meaningful holiday-themed lessons, so I'm excited to share my newly updated February Activities pack with you!

You'll love the fact that this 27-page resource is free, but I honestly think you'd love it just as much if you had to pay for it! February Activities is just one of the monthly lesson packs in my Seasonal Activities Bundle; if you like it, please check out the others, too!


My Five Favorite February Lessons 
Giving this freebie a makeover brought back great memories of using these activities in my classroom. I used to love slipping these holiday lessons into my lessons plans from time to time for a change of pace. Here are five of my favorite lessons and activities, but this is by no means all of them. This packet includes lessons for Black History Month and Presidents' Day, as well as more math lessons.

My daughter Amy is a freelance photographer, and she spent the afternoon preparing these activities and photographing them so that I could show them to you. She did such a beautiful job that I decided to share full-sized photos of the activities rather than smaller images. You can find more of her work at www.amycandler.com.

Comparing and Contrasting Chinese and American New Years
Did you know that the Chinese New Year begins on Monday? This partner sorting activity would be easy to add to your lesson plans. If you can find a copy of a book like Chinese New Year for Kids or an informational text article about the Chinese New Year, you can use this activity after reading the book aloud to your class. Or you can have students research facts about the Chinese and American New Years before placing them on the Venn diagram.

February is packed with fun holidays, making it a great time to integrate seasonal activities into your lesson plans. Check out these free lessons and activities for elementary students, including International Friendship Month, Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, and the Chinese New Year! #LauraCandler


Heartfelt Thanks Appreciation Notes
To celebrate International Friendship Month, teach kids how to express gratitude and appreciation by giving each student a copy of the printable with heart notes printable. Discuss what it means to be thankful for something or someone, and provide class time for writing and exchanging notes.

February is packed with fun holidays, making it a great time to integrate seasonal activities into your lesson plans. Check out these free lessons and activities for elementary students, including International Friendship Month, Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, and the Chinese New Year! #LauraCandler


Conversation Hearts Candy Fractions
If you've been studying fractions, your kids will love this lesson with conversation hearts! The focus of the lesson is on finding fractions of a number, and the final step is having students create their own fraction problems as shown below.

February is packed with fun holidays, making it a great time to integrate seasonal activities into your lesson plans. Check out these free lessons and activities for elementary students, including International Friendship Month, Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, and the Chinese New Year! #LauraCandler


Writing Friendship Cinquains
Since February is International Friendship Month, it’s a perfect time to write friendship poems. Cinquains are simple 5-line poems, and this activity will lead your students through the poetry writing process as they interview a friend and write a poem about him or her.

February is packed with fun holidays, making it a great time to integrate seasonal activities into your lesson plans. Check out these free lessons and activities for elementary students, including International Friendship Month, Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, and the Chinese New Year! #LauraCandler


Valentine's Day Reading Marathon Activity
Valentine’s Day is bound to be filled with excitement, but it doesn't have to be chaotic! Start the day with a Reading Marathon, an activity in which students choose their own books and read for an extended period of time, with short breaks to stop and create a storyboard.

February is packed with fun holidays, making it a great time to integrate seasonal activities into your lesson plans. Check out these free lessons and activities for elementary students, including International Friendship Month, Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, Black History Month, and the Chinese New Year! #LauraCandler


Where to Download the February Activities Freebie
Are you wondering where you can download this lesson-packed freebie? You'll find it in my TpT store, of course! When you hop over there to grab it, please follow me to be notified when I add new resources.

Have you used my February Activities pack with your students in previous years? Which activity is your favorite? If you like my February Activities pack, I have a favor to ask. Would you click on the Comments & Ratings tab under the freebie (on TpT) and leave a rating and a comment to let me know what you think?

I enjoy creating interactive teaching resources for busy educators because I know just how much time it takes to plan engaging lessons. I hope this freebie lightens your lesson-planning load a bit in February. Sign up for Candler's Classroom Connections if you'd like time-saving resources and teaching tips sent straight to your inbox!



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