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
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Wishing you a class full of curious minds, always!
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