Leap Year Activities 2020 - Reading, Writing, Math & STEM Challenge - Leap Day

Leap Year Activities 2020 - Reading, Writing, Math & STEM Challenge - Leap Day
Leap Year Activities 2020 - Reading, Writing, Math & STEM Challenge - Leap Day
Leap Year Activities 2020 - Reading, Writing, Math & STEM Challenge - Leap Day
Leap Year Activities 2020 - Reading, Writing, Math & STEM Challenge - Leap Day
Leap Year Activities 2020 - Reading, Writing, Math & STEM Challenge - Leap Day
Leap Year Activities 2020 - Reading, Writing, Math & STEM Challenge - Leap Day
Leap Year Activities 2020 - Reading, Writing, Math & STEM Challenge - Leap Day
Leap Year Activities 2020 - Reading, Writing, Math & STEM Challenge - Leap Day
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(18 MB|24 pages)
Standards
NGSSMS-ESS1-1
NGSS3-5-ETS1-2
NGSS3-5-ETS1-1
NGSS3-5-ETS1-3
NGSS5-ESS1-2
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Have a blast celebrating Leap Year 2020, with a full day of enriching classroom activities all about February 29th! Your upper elementary students will have the opportunity to chart their understanding of leap day in a KWL organizer, read and annotate a passage to learn about the science and history of leap day, and follow up with reading skill tasks focusing on vocabulary and sequencing. Students are also provided writing templates to respond to how they plan to spend their “extra” day this year.

Students will also practice their understanding of leap year with a math sheet that ties into the reading passage. The students calculate the ages of people born on Leap Day including how "old" they are (how many February 29th birthdays they have celebrated). This can be used alone or paired with the passage.

The best part of the lesson may come when students gear up for the engineering STEM Challenge. For this activity, they are asked to create a mechanism that with launch an object (the flying frog). To kick this project up a notch, students are provided with “Leap Year Towers” that they must clear in height as well as a timeline of past leap years. For this, they will launch their frog as far into the past as possible. Set up is minimal and a list of suggested materials is provided. Wrap up the challenge with a certificate of completion for each student participant.

These lessons can be expanded to fill the school day or broken up as individual lessons to teach students about February 29th.

INCLUDED IN THIS PRODUCT:

- Teacher Instructions

- KWL Chart Graphic Organizer

- Close Reading Passage (Two Versions - one with note-taking margin)

- Reading Skill Activities

- The History of Leap Year Sequencing Activity

- Clip Art for Sequencing (supplementary)

- "What I Would Do With an Extra Day" Writing Templates

- Leap Year Math Practice Problem Sheet

- Math Sheet Answer Key

- Leap Year STEM Challenge Design Project Teacher's Instruction

- STEM Challenge Suggested Materials List

- "Flying Frog" Launch Clip Art

- Past Leap Year Timeline (for STEM Challenge)

- Towers to “Leap Over” (for STEM Challenge)

- Leap Year Challenge Completion Certificate

Looking for more exciting Elementary Holiday Activities?

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Christmas STEM Activity - Reindeer Balloon Rockets - Santa's Reindeer Games

Christmas STEM Activity - Holiday ChemisTREE Elements Ornaments & Bulletin Board

Science of Winter Sports - Upper Elementary & Middle School Physics STEM

Valentine STEM Challenge - Flying Cupid Balloon Rocket - Force Motion Pressure

Valentine STEM Challenge - Cupids Broken Arrow - Build A Bow and Arrow

End of Year - Science of Water Slides - STEM Challenge & Unit - Teambuilding

Wishing you a class full of curious minds, always!

SCIENCEcerely,

Erin Hansen

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NGSSMS-ESS1-1
Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, and seasons. Examples of models can be physical, graphical, or conceptual.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-2
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-1
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
NGSS3-5-ETS1-3
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
NGSS5-ESS1-2
Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky. Examples of patterns could include the position and motion of Earth with respect to the sun and selected stars that are visible only in particular months. Assessment does not include causes of seasons.
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