Today I am sharing a Leap Year Resource to enhance learning on Leap Day or all that week. The items in this Leap Year Resource span the grade-level standards for Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.
To kick things off, we have an information sheet that can be used in any way that fits your learners! This can be used for a close read activity or to simply read and share the information with your class about why leap day has come to be.
It’s always a good time to review calendar skills. This is a great way to focus and review the busy month of February with all the terrific holidays within. Students create and remember the great month of February with their very own calendar template and as the final touch, they can add the Leap Day tag. There’s also a follow-up question sheet about calendar skills involving their created calendar too!
“EGG-STRA” day writing is a fun way to have students write a review of what they did with their extra day in 2020. I mean who doesn’t love a pun? 6 year-olds. That’s who.
The number line might be my favorite activity, but that’s because skip counting, number sense, and real-life application come to life! There are different versions included as well as a blank template if you want to go rogue and make your own.
Next in the Leap Year Resource, we move into some station type activities to make learning hands-on! Time Flies is a clock face game. A terrific review for first grade and even second grade if you add a 5-minute timer. Talk about the most intensely focused 5 minutes of the day!
There are two task card style games in the resource as well. I personally would put these around the room and have students hopping or “leaping” to each card with their recording sheet. Not feeling that extra? No problem! Use these in any way that fits your needs.
Phonics for leap week? You guessed it! EE and EA for the win. I don’t always line-up my phonics to the name of the holidays, but when I do, nobody notices…
Conversions are always contagious on these special days and it makes sense to embrace them! How many months in a year? How many minutes in an hour? Students love these activities because they always want the answers to these questions. How long does it take to blink your eyes, brush your teeth, go to a new grade level? We will find out! These skill pages include skip counting, addition and subtraction, place value, and more. Practice pages can come through in a pinch! There are many ways to use these, but my favorite it to make a “Leaping through Learning” packet for the week. In doing this, I can choose “just right” pages for each student and differentiate the packets. Students get a name sticker on the front cover and are excited to have a tailored set of work just for them.
Make it Personal
Finally, there is a terrific closing activity where students can write a letter to their future selves to open on the next leap year! This is a fun way to see what students think will be important to tell themselves!
I hope you’ll spend the extra day this year enjoying these fun activities with your class! If you are looking for more hands-on learning, writing lessons, or math activities, just keep on browsing! May I suggest this post for you?