With so many holidays to celebrate in February, it can be hard to keep up. We’re here to help you plan it all out–with a little twist. For the year 2018, we want to tie in important and fun dates with our curriculum, activities and maybe even some educational YouTube videos to tie it all in. So let’s get started with our top 5 for February!
Black History Month
Every citizen of the United States is entitled to his or her civil rights. Throughout history, however, many people have had to fight for those rights. Teach your students how some Americans fought for their civil rights from 1954 to 1968. Students will be introduced to events leading up to the Civil Rights Movement, key events during the movement and Civil Rights leaders.
Activity: Create mini-research project banners about one of the many important leaders in Black History. Banners can include: pictures, words of wisdom, and well-known or little-known facts. This gives your student the opportunity to get to know important people in history beyond the surface.
American Heart Month
Students will be introduced to the parts of the heart, how the heart works, heartbeat, heart health and much more.
One of the most important systems in the body is the cardiovascular system. Introduce your students to this complex system made up of the heart, blood vessels, and blood.
Activity: Breathe In, Breathe Out Model Lungs. Amber Hockman with The Fantastic Five gives step-by-step instructions on how to create model lungs to recreate how we breathe every day. Check it out at here.
February 2 – Take Your Child to the Library Day
Libraries have a lot of books, but they also have a lot of other information and resources. Teach your students about the types of libraries, common areas inside a library, library rules, how to find a book, librarians, book classification systems, the parts of a book and more.
A book report is a great way to tell others about a book. They help you organize and analyze your thoughts and demonstrate your understanding of the book.
Activity: The activity is in the curriculum! Take your student to the library or introduce them to writing book reports!
February 16 – Chinese New Year
It’s the Year of the Dog! Chinese New Year is a large holiday, and although it isn’t celebrated on January 1, it marks a brand new year. This curriculum studies the traditional January 1 New Year, but also the Chinese New Year.
February 19 – Presidents’ Day
With this unit study you will be able to teach your early elementary classroom about the holiday Presidents’ Day. This pack includes a 6-page Research Guide and 15 Hands-On Activities that cover the history of the holiday, brief biographies of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, who can be president, where the president lives, and some of the responsibilities of the President of the United States.
Presidents’ Day was designated a national holiday in 1885 to observe George Washington’s birthday. Although it was meant to honor only Washington, many people honor Abraham Lincoln and other presidents on this day as well.
Activity: Create mini-research project banners about one of the U.S. Presidents. Banners can include: pictures, words of wisdom, and well-known or little-known facts. This gives your student the opportunity to get to know important people in history beyond the surface.